Becki Couch

Monday on “First Coast Connect" we talked about education with Duval County School Board member 

Becki Couch and Jacksonville Public Education Fund executive director Trey Csar. We heard about telemedicine with Triage Logic CEO Charu Raheja. Cole Pepper reviewed the Jaguars selections in the NFL draft, and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra’s Piotr Szewczyk talked about an upcoming free concert during Wednesday’s Artwalk.  


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A Duval County School Board workshop focusing on student achievement turned into a heated personal tiff among a few school board members Tuesday.

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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 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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Next month, more than $6 million in grants will go before the Duval County Public School Board for approval, and about $3.8 million will go towards support services for 37 struggling schools in Duval’s Urban Core.

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The Duval County School Board has become the latest in a growing list of school and district officials pushing back against the state’s controversial testing plans this year.

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The polls open up for Primary Elections Tuesday, and this cycle has brought a wealth of school board candidates. It's also brought a wealth of contributions.

While school board campaigns don't typically rake in the big bucks of other local and state races, the bid for a Duval County School Board seat has yielded a few heavily-backed contenders, and with that, questions about who is financing campaigns.

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A new privately-funded position aims to tackle the mounting issue of mental health in Duval Schools.

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Duval County Public Schools will have about $20 million more to spend this school year, and a few million will go toward a state-mandated extra hour of reading at more than 40 Duval schools.

Superintendent Nikolai Vitti presented a draft 2014-15 year budget and several recommendations to school board members at a workshop Tuesday.

The district used $15.8 million less from its general funds than expected last year and gained another $4.8 million in one-time adjustments from the state,  according to Vitti. 

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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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Duval County Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti unveiled a series of recommendations aimed at balancing the school district’s budget. But getting school board members and employees on board may take some more tweaking.

Vitti presented his recommendations at the school board workshop Friday.

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Rebeccah Beller’s third-grade daughter Kate Wolfe isn’t usually one to get overwhelmed by tests. That’s why the Jacksonville mother found it surprising last week when her daughter, came home from Holiday Hill Elementary in tears, hyperventilating over her Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

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A House bill giving Florida school districts more flexibility in meeting class-size limits has yet to pass, but that may not stop the Duval County School Board from setting its own rules.

The board is considering a recommendation by Duval Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti to define class size limits by school average, rather than on a class-by-class basis.

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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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A new proposal by Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti that would bring more than 300 new Teach for America recruits into the district over the next three years has been met with some resistance.

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