Duval County Public Schools

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Daniel Goodman has been working for Duval County Public Schools this year, but no longer in his First Coast High School science classroom. He was removed within the first week after a photo of his written message to students went viral online and parents complained.

Cyd Hoskinson

A handful of parents and guardians of Duval County public school children filed suit Monday to try and force the Jacksonville City Council to put a half-cent sales tax referendum before voters.

Heather Schatz and Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

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

STEVEN MARTIN / FLICKR.COM

A group of Jacksonville lawmakers recommended Tuesday the City Council punt the Duval School Board’s proposed half-cent sales tax referendum to next year.

Abukar Adan / WJCT-News

The Duval School Board’s request for the Jacksonville City Council to put a half-cent sales tax before voters is gaining some traction.  

Jacksonville City Council

Nearly 70 residents spoke at Tuesday’s meeting, most of them to urge the Jacksonville City Council to let voters decide on a half-cent sales tax the School Board is requesting to help repair and replace Duval County’s aging schools.

Florida House of Representatives

A bill that would require public high schools to offer an elective Bible study course cleared the House Pre K-12 Quality Subcommittee this week. Its sponsor, Rep. Kimberly Daniels, D-Jacksonville, is adamant her measure is constitutional.

Jacksonville Daily Record


  A group of Jacksonville parents and the League of Women Voters are suing the Duval County School District for hiring armed guards to patrol school grounds.

 

Darryl Willie, a former teacher and now the Executive Director of Teach for America Jacksonville, was recently elected to the school board Duval County’s 4th District, which covers parts of Jacksonville’s Northside and Eastside.

9th grader Dionte Hill, 14, driving Wolfson High School's new Apex Virtual Vehicle.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

October 21 - 27 is National Teen Driver Safety Week and in recognition Coker Law has partnered with Samuel W. Wolfson High School and Apex Resource Center to provide the school with a driving simulator, known as the Apex Virtual Vehicle.

Will Dickey / The Florida Times-Union

Updated 10/16 at 1:30 p.m.

Duval County public high schools will probably have walk-through metal detectors for checking students for weapons later this school year, according to the district's police director Micheal Edwards at a school board workshop Tuesday.

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Our Friday First Coast Connect featured Florida Times-Union reporter Tessa Duval, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth, Jacksonville Daily Record reporter David Cawton and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk.

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Jacksonville City Hall
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As of this week, 14 people had passed screening and training to become armed “school safety assistants” in Duval County’s elementary schools. The problem? More than 100 were supposed to be ready the first week of school to comply with state law.

Ray Hollister / WJCT News

A Jacksonville City Council committee on Monday approved a bill addressing where medical marijuana dispensaries can set up shop.

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke new Duval County Schools Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene about her goals to improve education results in the district (01:23).

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