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. 

Courtesy Amy Donofrio

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.

Heather Schatz and Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

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.

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Jacksonville stay-at-home mom of three, Whitney Touchton will soon spend almost the next half-year of her life in an intensive leadership program aimed at school parents and caregivers.

Pinellas County Public Schools

Duval Public Schools Superintendent Diana Greene said at Tuesday’s school board workshop, she’s willing to compromise with the showing of videos teaching students what to do if an active assailant were to come on campus, by not showing them to the youngest students.

Pinellas County Public Schools

The Duval County School District will show students videos teaching them what to do if a shooter were to come on campus. The videos are meant to help prepare students and staff before state-required active assailant drills later this month.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Many Duval County voters saw school board candidates on their primary ballots, and they’ll see those races again in November. That’s because in all three nonpartisan races, none of the candidates garnered enough support — the required 50 percent plus one vote — to win Tuesday.

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Three Duval County School Board seats are up for grabs this election cycle. The top-funded candidates in the each race — Nick Howland, David Chauncey and Darryl Willie — are also all endorsed by the political arm of JAX Chamber, JAXBIZ.

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Duval County Superintendent Diana Greene said during a workshop Tuesday the district will now consider parent and teacher input when selecting new principals. It’s a process she used in her former district of Manatee County.

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By law, all schools in Florida are required to employ a sworn officer or trained guard by the first day. With not enough guards hired, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is assigning officers to fill the gap.

All of the six candidates running for Duval County’s District 6 School Board seat participated in a forum Thursday evening hosted by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund downtown.

Duval County Public Schools

New Duval County Superintendent Diana Greene presented the district’s top three priorities at this week’s board meeting, along with strategies to make them happen.

Beaches School Board Candidates Share Views At JPEF Forum

Aug 8, 2018

All five of the candidates running for Duval County’s District 2 School Board seat participated in a forum Wednesday evening hosted by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund downtown.

Four of the six candidates running for Duval County’s District 4 School Board seat participated in a downtown forum Tuesday evening hosted by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund.

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The Duval County School Board — minus one member —  has been strategizing against an education amendment set to appear on Floridians’ ballots this November.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

State law says medical marijuana dispensaries are allowed to open up where pharmacies can, which means a couple different types of commercial zones in Jacksonville.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart has determined several Florida school districts — Duval, Manatee and Polk counties — that were accused of inflating end-of-course civics test numbers by several lawmakers did nothing wrong.

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With the Florida Department of Education’s release of school grades last week, the fate of two low-performing Duval schools was decided.


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