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Gov. Ron DeSantishas issued an executive order prohibiting school districts from imposing mask-wearing requirements for students less than two weeks before the start of the new school year. 


Amid the wave of coronavirus infections, Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) said Wednesday that at least 1,400 students have enrolled in optional virtual learning ahead of the August 10th start to the new school year. 


With as many as 30,000 students attending charter schools and private schools or being home-schooled in Duval County, the local school board is considering hiring a contractor to help entice students back to traditional public schools. 

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More than 1-in-4 students in Jacksonville schools has what’s considered a high level of trauma, according to state data. 

Courtesy Amy Donofrio

Attorneys are considering a settlement in the case of a Duval County Public Schools teacher who is suing the district over alleged retaliation centering on a Black Lives Matter flag. 

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Some teachers in Duval County are speaking out against a recent change to Florida’s education rules that they say will whitewash the teaching of American history. 

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Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) Superintendent Diana Greene has nominated a new executive director for the district’s police department. 

DCPS Superintendent Diana Greene speaks at a press conference at the DCPS administration building on June 14, 2021.
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Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) Superintendent Diana Greene held a press conference Monday morning where she discussed the district’s expanded summer programs along with how district curriculum will be impacted by Florida’s critical race theory ban.

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Florida’s new history curriculum standards banning critical race theory in public school classrooms won’t have any impact on Duval County’s curricula, according to a spokesperson for the county school board. 

Jacksonville Jaguars mascot Jaxson DeVille cheers on the crowd during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Jacksonville.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are purchasing uniforms for schools in Duval County that are changing their Confederate names next year.

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Outdoor graduations at some Duval County Public Schools Thursday, June 3, and Friday, June 4, have been rescheduled because of predicted bad weather.

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After dueling protests mounted outside the district administration building, the Duval County School Board voted Tuesday night to change the names of six schools named for Confederate generals. 


Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Diana Greene is recommending the school board change the names of six public schools.

School Name Change Election Canvassing Board considers ballots the machines could not read
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Students, alumni and community members of six Duval County schools want to change their names, and three schools’ communities want to keep their names. Those are the result of Wednesday’s ballot tallies at the county Supervisor of Elections Office.

Courtesy Amy Donofrio

A Robert E. Lee High School teacher who says she was removed from her classroom for flying a Black Lives Matter flag has filed a whistleblower complaint against the Duval County Public Schools district.

8 Duval Schools Cancel Prom Due To Low Interest

Apr 21, 2021
Englewood High School
Duval County Public Schools

At least eight Duval County schools have made the decision to cancel prom after there was a lack of interest in the event.

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Jacksonville’s Mandarin High School has cancelled its senior prom this year after just 44 out of almost 600 seniors purchased tickets during two weeks of online sales. 

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A teacher in the Duval County Public School system has filed a lawsuit against the district over free speech issues and allegations of retaliation. 

Students outside Robert. E. Lee High
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School administrators and members of Jacksonville’s School Board have been receiving a barrage of emails the past few days, all of them asking the same question: Does Duval County Public Schools (DCPS)  believe that Black Lives Matter? 

Protesters hold signs outside of DCPS main offices.
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Progressive activists are continuing the fight to change the names of nine Jacksonville schools, this time at the main offices of the Duval County Schools District. 

Photo of students in class wearing masks
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The City of Jacksonville’s mask mandate expired Friday, but officials with Duval County Public Schools reminded parents Sunday that masks are still required in schools. 

Amy Donofrio poses with Lee High students
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Students at Robert E. Lee High School are circulating a petition calling for teacher Amy Donofrio to be reinstated. The petition amassed nearly 1,500 signatures in its first six hours online. 

Outside sign of Robert E. Lee High School.
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A group of progressive activists is gathering Tuesday in support of the effort to rename some Duval County schools. 

Speakers will include 13-year-old Duval County student and activist Grace Mae, as well as Pastor Phillip Baber, Regional Director of the Florida Poor People’s Campaign. 

Cyd Hoskinson

Classroom desks only need to be three feet apart in elementary schools, according to new coronavirus guidelines issued Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Three feet of separation is also okay for middle and high schools, but only if there’s not a high level of spread in the community.

What to do with this statue of Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith remains in limbo.
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Kirby-Smith Middle School community members have moved a step closer to potentially choosing a new name for the school. 

Outside of the Duval County Public Schools building
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Students in public and private Duval County Schools will have their own lane for COVID-19 testing at certain city-run sites, as long as they get verification from their school. 

Jae C. Hong / Associated Press file photo

Duval County Public Schools will be reopening for the fall semester on August 10, although online learning will still play a big role.

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

School districts in Northeast Florida are taking steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19.

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Three high-profile Jacksonville lawyers representing the Duval County School Board say their goal is simple.

Duval Voters Elect 3 New School Board Members

Nov 6, 2018

Duval County’s three school board races were decided Tuesday. Elizabeth Andersen, Darryl Willie and Charlotte Joyce will take seats on the seven-member board.