Connie Hall

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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 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.

 


The legislative battle over charter schools kicked into high gear Wednesday, as measures dealing with educational choice advanced in the House and the League of Women Voters hammered a constitutional amendment that could increase the number of charters in Florida.

Duval County Public Schools

 

Last week WJCT reported about text messages between Duval County School Board Member Connie Hall and a district employee in which Hall calls for the superintendent to be fired and calls him “special ed in action.”

 

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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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Fort Caroline Middle School would become an arts school, and Ed White High would become a military magnet under recommendations the Duval County superintendent endorsed Tuesday.

 

The conversion of many urban core schools into magnets was recommended by community groups who’ve been working over the past month. Vitti wants to tackle low enrollment and underperformance at the schools.

 

Duval County Public Schools

Duval County Superintendent Nikolai Vitti outlined his strategies for keeping charter enrollment down at a School Board workshop, Tuesday.

Charter schools get public money, but they are run by private groups. More than 11,000 Duval students are enrolled in charters. That’s about 1,500 fewer than the district expected and budgeted for.

 


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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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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.

Karen Feagins

Duval County School Board Member Connie Hall submitted a letter to the board Tuesday night to begin the process of exploring whether to change the name of Nathan B. Forrest High School.

The issue was not on the agenda for the meeting, but it was a passionate point of discussion for dozens of people during the public comment period.

Board Chair Fel Lee had to remind those in the chambers several times to mind their manners as the audience reacted to speakers with applause or laughter.