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

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A lack of employment opportunity, an excess of generational poverty and lack of access to financial institutions  — and the fiscal literacy they provide — makes it difficult for many families to see their way out of hardship.

Duval superintendent finalist Erick Pruitt says although he’s the only finalist who isn’t a sitting superintendent, he has the right experience in large, urban districts to lead Duval.

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The Florida State Board of Education approved tougher requirements for students who use alternative tests to meet graduation requirements at its meeting Wednesday.

Duval Superintendent finalist Diana Greene said already being a Florida superintendent, she’d have a minimal learning curve coming to Duval where she would work to make the district financially solvent and eliminate D and F school grades.

Duval Superintendent finalist Michael Dunsmore says he’d be a coach to the Duval County school district, surrounding himself with smart people to help fix what’s broken and stabilize what’s working.

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Two councilmen, one an emergent critic of Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and another known to be a close ally of Curry, are castigating each other for possible violations of Sunshine Law.

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The Duval County school district is continuing to prioritize technology this upcoming school year.

During a short meeting Monday evening, board members eliminated two superintendent contenders bringing the list of five semi-finalists down to three finalists.

Johnson YMCA

The James Weldon Johnson YMCA in Northwest Jacksonville is expanding. Not only will the wellness facility be renovated and receive a new swimming pool, but more importantly said spokespeople, it’s teen program capacity will more than double with the construction of a new teen center.

Currently, the Johnson YMCA serves around 30 to 40 teens a day. That number should rise to 100 once the center is finished.

The Duval County School Board will narrow down its five superintendent semi-finalists to two or three finalists Monday evening.

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The state Board of Education will likely decide Wednesday whether to raise the bar on tests students can take to graduate.

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Update 2:55 p.m., May 14: A spokesperson with Fiat Chrysler has designated May Airbag Recall Repair Month statewide, with an emphasis on Miami, Orlando and Tampa. The designation also applies to Jacksonville residents.

Florida has the highest number of injuries and fatalities as a result of defective Takata airbags, according to automakers.

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Thirteen-year-old Tyrek Washington was the first person in his language-arts class to turn in his end-of-the-year project.

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The Jacksonville City Council voted on several bills dealing with public health at Tuesday’s meeting. One of them soared through the process, while another with mixed reviews ultimately failed.

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