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A new partnership between JEA, Florida State College at Jacksonville and Sandalwood High School is promising to prepare more young people for a career in cyber security.

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The Duval County School Board and Superintendent Nikolai Vitti met to work through some of their differences Monday morning.

They haven’t been able to agree on academic-achievement targets for students in areas like reading and math, but they did agree on hiring an outside mediator to help work on communication and trust.

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Duval County School Board members met face to face with Superintendent Nikolai Vitti Friday after a week of accusations that Board Chair Ashley Smith Juarez wanted Vitti gone.

Smith Juarez denied that was her intent this week and reiterated that at the meeting. She did not call for his firing.

WJCT’s Lindsey Kilbride; Tessa Duval from the Florida Times-Union; Claire Goforth of Folio Weekly; and Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski joined Melissa Ross on our Friday Media Roundtable to discuss the news of the week. Museum of Contemporary Art spokesperson Denise Reagan discussed its latest art exhibit “Retro-spective.” We heard from Olympic skating legend Michelle Kwan regarding her work for the Hillary Clinton campaign and Palestinian musicians the Dal’Ouna Ensemble joined the show ahead of its performance Friday evening at the Ramallah Club of Jacksonville.     

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Duval County School Board Chair Ashley Smith Juarez said she does not intend to ask fellow board members to vote on terminating  Superintendent Nikolai Vitti's contract this Friday.

Another board member told Vitti and reporters earlier this week that was what Smith Juarez planned to do.

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 Duval County School Board Chair Ashley Smith Juarez sent an open letter to Duval Superintendent Nikolai Vitti, Tuesday.

Board member Scott Shine sent a letter to media Sunday alleging Smith Juarez would call for Vitti’s firing at a special meeting she scheduled for Friday.

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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 last day for Duval County School Board candidates to qualify for the ballot is Friday.

With four seats up for grabs, three candidates have raised substantially more money than the 11 others.


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The Duval County School Board and Superintendent Nikolai Vitti are working to move past personal differences.

On Tuesday the Board and Vitti participated in moderated "board development meeting" at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts.


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The health of Northeast Floridians ranks among the best and the worst, depending on where you live. St. Johns County ranks best in the state, but nearby Baker County falls just short of the bottom of the list--number 62 of 67.  Duval County ranks number 47.

But across the five-county region there is plenty of work to do. Only about a quarter of adults get an adequate amount of physical activity and about half of adults in the region suffer from chronic illness.

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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.

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In another move to improve the district's slipping student enrollment numbers, Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti has proposed adding sixth grade class to four underutilized elementary schools.

The Clinton Foundation has chosen Northeast Florida as the next location to launch its Clinton Health Matters Initiative, a community transformation model focused on improving the health and well-being of all Americans.

Jacksonville follows Houston, Central Arkansas, and California’s Coachella Valley as the next city to get the benefits of this project.