Education

State Education Board Signs Off On 'Hope' Scholarships Rule

Jul 19, 2018
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The Florida Board of Education has unanimously approved a rule to help move forward with a controversial new program that will let bullied students transfer to private schools.

St. Johns County School District

As students and teachers get ready for school to start, St. Johns County is gearing up for the many volunteers who will be helping out this year.

Shine Wants Interim Superintendent To Rescind Relatives’ Promotions

Jun 7, 2018
Duval County School District

A Duval County School Board member Wednesday asked outgoing Superintendent Patricia Willis to rescind the promotion of her son to a principal’s job and her niece’s move to head a middle school.

Duval Interim Superintendent’s Son, Niece Get Top Principal Jobs

Jun 6, 2018
Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

Outgoing superintendent Patricia Willis announced a series of 19 principal changes that include promoting her son from an assistant principal spot to principal and moving a niece from leadership of a neighborhood elementary school to a high-ranking, magnet middle school.

Dropout Recovery High Schools Are Considering Leaving Duval

May 24, 2018
Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Catapult Academy, a private, for-profit learning center operator with seven Jacksonville satellite locations, sent a note home to its 861 students and their parents saying the centers might not reopen for the coming school year because the company and the district haven’t agreed to renew their contract.

Duval County School District

The Duval County School Board unanimously voted for Florida’s Manatee County Superintendent Diana Greene as its choice for superintendent late Friday afternoon.

Florida Politics

The Sunshine Summit is an annual conference for Florida Republicans, and this summer one of the invited speakers is Dinesh D’Souza, is a convicted felon and conservative firebrand who mocked Marjory Stoneman Douglas students on Twitter. He later apologized.

Gov. Rick Scott and incoming Senate President Bill Galvano have criticized the GOP invitation to D’Souza.

The Republican Party has responded to the criticism by adding a speaker who’s been critical of D’Souza. Matt Schlapp is chair of the American Conservative Union.

school bus
Indiana Public Media

The Florida Supreme Court on Monday said it will take up a long-running legal battle about whether the state has met its constitutional duty to provide a high-quality system of public schools.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

A new state law requires districts to step up school safety and mental health. A provision in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act requires all Florida public schools to have a police officer on campus or a trained employee who carries a gun.

photo left: Via Edward Waters College / photo right: Lindsey Kilbride - WJCT News

Edwards Waters College announced Wednesday that Dr. A. Zachary Faison Jr. has been selected as the 30th President and CEO of Jacksonville’s historically black college.

State Report: More Women Look To Online Classes To Earn Degrees

Mar 26, 2018
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More women than men opt to take only online classes to earn bachelor’s degrees in Florida’s state university system, according to a new report from the system’s Board of Governors.

Former Nassau County Principal Hired, Fired, Hired In 1-Month Span

Mar 21, 2018
Via News4Jax

A former Nassau County principal who resigned last month after officials said he admitted to taking money from Fernandina Beach High School and who recently got fired from Duval County Public Schools has been hired by a private school in Clay County.

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT News

Florida’s new school safety law is drawing criticism from educators around the state.

Florida House Backs Study Of School Funding Issue

Feb 14, 2018
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With backing from Republican education leaders, a key House committee Wednesday approved a bill that could be a first step toward trying to revise how money is distributed to school districts.

Florida Senate Seeks Slightly Higher Student Funding Than House

Jan 24, 2018
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A key Senate education panel released a budget proposal Wednesday that would increase public-school funding by $110 per student in 2018-2019.

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