Jason Fischer

  Today on “First Coast Connect,” our Media Roundtable featured Andrew Pantazi from the Florida Times-Union, Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski and WJCT Business Analyst John Burr (01:24). We were also joined by Martha Mickler, Margo Pope and Judy Riggle (41:24)  to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Woman’s Exchange of St. Augustine. 

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A former Duval County School Board member and current state representative is co-sponsoring legislation that some school board members and the superintendent oppose.

Jacksonville Rep. Jason Fischer’s “Schools-of-Hope” bill would encourage private charter companies to replace struggling neighborhood schools.

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Updated on 7/7/16 at 1:50 p.m.:

The two candidates for a Florida House seat representing much of Jacksonville faced off in a debate Wednesday afternoon. Republicans Jason Fischer and Dick Kravitz had similar positions on many issues, differing mainly over taxes.

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The Duval County School Board went from seven to six members after Jason Fischer resigned to run for state House this month.

Now, the even-numbered board is considering changing its rule for breaking ties.


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Duval County parents and teachers didn’t seem to hold any frustrations back at a town hall about school curricula Thursday evening.

School Board Member Jason Fischer is holding the forums at elementary schools in his district this month.


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The Duval County School Board has approved five new curricula.

The new materials will cost the district around $5.3 million. About a third of that will go toward a middle-school language arts curriculum.

Last month, Duval Superintendent Nikolai Vitti switched his recommendation from a curriculum slightly more aligned with state standards, to one a committee of teachers liked better, Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt Collections.

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On a sunny afternoon at the Florida State College at Jacksonville South Campus Nick Harding is sitting on a bench outside.

Harding is a student at FSCJ. It's his first semester of college...and he’s also just filed candidacy to run for the Duval County School Board.


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The Duval County School Board met Tuesday before the regular board meeting to talk about its strained relationship with the superintendent.

Last month, board member Connie Hall told Superintendent Nikolai Vitti she didn’t like the tone he used while addressing board members in a workshop on Oct. 13.

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The Duval County School Board has chosen not to extend the community input process for proposed school zone boundary changes.

The changes would affect 17 schools primarily in the urban core and turn many into magnet schools.

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Leaders of the local GOP have weighed in on the legal battle over Florida’s school voucher program.

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An attempt to add a self-defense provision to the newly revised Duval Schools Code of Student Conduct was shot down Tuesday evening.

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Changes proposed in the 2014-15 Duval County Schools Code of Student Conduct aim to take a more individualized and less stringent approach to penalizing students, but one school board member argued Tuesday that one such revision doesn’t go far enough.

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Three troubled charter schools in Duval County will get some more time to turn around, while two new academies will get a shot at bringing gender-based education to the district.

Duval County Public Schools

While a controversial open enrollment proposal aimed at keeping more students in Duval County Public Schools was off the table Tuesday night, school board members voted to approve two other plans that could lead more students away.

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Thursday night’s town hall at Mandarin High School started out as a discussion of the school district’s $1.7 billion dollar budget but ended with people arguing for and against changing the name of Forrest High School. 

The school is named for Nathan Bedford Forrest, Confederate General and 1st Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan.  Joan Cooper graduated from Forrest in 1970.  She says she feels strongly enough about keeping the name that she made the drive across town to have her voice heard.