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The Clay County Commission Tuesday rejected placing a half-cent sales tax for school funding on the ballot this year, according to WJCT-News partner The Florida Times Union.  

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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.

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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.

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is raising concerns about a proposal by the Duval County Public Schools Board that would ask voters to approve a half-cent tax increase to repair and replace the district’s aging schools in a November 5 referendum.

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A plan put forward by Duval County Public Schools to ask voters for a ½ cent sales-tax increase to repair or replace the district’s aging school buildings through a ballot referendum may hit some roadblocks.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to sign a proposal would allow public and charter schools to carry guns in the classroom, although many school districts are unlikely to arm instructors.

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A group of Duval parents are being asked to tweak their argument in a legal fight against armed guards in public schools.

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A lawsuit brought by Jacksonville parents against the Duval County School District for hiring so-called “safety assistants” was rejected Tuesday on technical grounds.  

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The Duval County School Board is holding the first of four scheduled community conversations Monday evening about what qualities are important in a new superintendent.

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Duval County School Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti Tuesday laid out his roadmap for the future of the public school system.

In his first State of the Schools address, Vitti talked about district successes and failures over the past couple of years.

Among the successes, Vitti says, he’s most proud of improvements in the graduation rate.  

"Not only are more students graduating but more students are graduating college ready which means they avoid that remediation class their freshman year," Vitti said.

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Duval County is one of 60 urban school districts across the nation to join the first national pledge to boost academic success among young black and Hispanic men.

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In a move toward another big change in the district, the school board took the first step toward a multi-million dollar effort to boot up technology in schools across the district this week.

Duval County Public Schools

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.

Duval County Public Schools

In another move to improve the district's slipping student enrollment numbers, Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti has proposed adding sixth grade class to four underutilized elementary schools.

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