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The Duval County School Board is considering suing over a new state law that many districts say unfairly favors charter schools. The board is set to discuss the possibility of legal action Wednesday morning.

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The Duval County School Board will continue budgeting for the upcoming school year without knowing how much money it’s working with.

Florida Governor Rick Scott hasn’t said whether he’ll sign a massive education bill, HB7069, that would increase teacher bonuses but significantly cut capital dollars for traditional public schools and encourage charters to replace failing schools. Duval board members are calling for Scott to veto it.

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Duval School board members are preparing to weed out district-funded programs that are not serving students as intended.

Of 37 programs and organizations scrutinized, 14 received a score of questionable. One was rated unacceptable and 22 were rated as worth funding.


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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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“Business As Usual Cannot Continue” is what Duval County School Board member Becki Couch said with regards to setting student achievement goals Tuesday.

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The Duval School District may begin offering support for students who leave high school with a completion certificate instead of a diploma, because walking away with a certificate doesn’t leave students with many options.


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The City of Jacksonville came out wearing blue Tuesday, as hundreds of people celebrated Ribault High School’s national basketball win with a parade and party downtown.

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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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A Duval County School Board member said she wants Superintendent Nikolai Vitti fired. Connie Hall said that in a text message she sent in September to a district staffer.

A Miami lawyer requested the emails and texts of Hall and two other board members, and a copy of the records was provided to WJCT.

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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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