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The Diocese of St. Augustine, which contains 40 Catholic schools in Northeast Florida, rescinded its mask mandate just days after announcing it due to an executive order from Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Duval County Teacher of the Year Finalists.
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The Duval County Public Schools district has announced the five finalists for VyStar Duval County Teacher Of the Year after starting with 175 nominees.

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A security guard at Highlands Middle School on the Northside who is charged with child abuse involving a student told an investigator that he “had not received enough training” to deal with the situation, according to a police report.

City Of Jacksonville Spends Hundreds Of Thousands On Lawsuit Against Duval Schools

Feb 18, 2020
The Duval County Public Schools headquarters building is located on Jacksonville's Southbank.
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The fight over putting a half-cent sales tax referendum for school maintenance on the ballot and what it would say has cost more than $200,000 so far. And that’s just what the city has paid for its legal counsel. But we still don’t know how much the school district could be billed by its outside legal advisers — if they’re even billed at all.

Duval Middle School Security Guard Accused Of Abusing Student

Feb 14, 2020
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A school security guard at Highlands Middle School on the Northside was arrested Thursday on a child abuse charge stemming from an incident involving a student, Duval County Public Schools officials said.

Jacksonville City Hall
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A decision on whether to hold a sales tax referendum for school repairs in Duval County will have to wait.

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Duval County Schools Superintendent Diana Greene on Tuesday rolled out her own strategy for repairing, upgrading and rebuilding the district’s aging school buildings, some of which are more than 100 years old.


Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Diana Greene has committed to ensuring that principals and administrators at each school receive restorative justice training by the next school year.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry giving Bishop Kenny High School 9th-grader Arisa Nakamichi advice after presenting her with a 2019 Tomorrow's Leaders Award.
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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry has visited three Duval County schools since Friday to surprise the winners of the 2019 Tomorrow’s Leaders Award.

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Our weekly Media Roundtable Friday on First Coast Connect featured guest host A.G. Gancarski, a Florida Politics reporter.

Our panelists were Florida Times-Union reporter Dan Scanlan, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons (01:09).

Our topics included

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The Duval County School Board is looking for public input in its search for a new school superintendent.

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Duval County Public Schools will making up for the six instructional days that students were off due to Hurricane Irma.

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Updated 04/25 at 10:30 a.m.

While public schools across the country are struggling to find enough qualified teachers to fill classroom vacancies, Duval County is actively recruiting non-educators and promising to help them become elementary school teachers through a new initiative called “Ready, Set, Teach!”

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 Story updated 11/22 at 5:30 p.m. with additional interviews.

Thanks to a big federal grant, the University of North Florida plans to prepare more people to teach Duval County students from other countries.

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A federal lawsuit filed in Duval County to challenge transgender students’ use of their preferred bathrooms has been dropped, court documents show. 

The Church of Eleven22, a popular Jacksonville church in the Intracoastal area, is one of the fastest growing congregations in the country, drawing young worshippers attracted to its positive message and dynamic pastor.

A recent investigation in Folio Weekly finds some former members raising concerns about the church. In particular, there are allegations that members are pressured to deny their sexual orientation after Eleven22 released a video earlier this year of a member discussing the church's impact on her homosexuality.

Church of Eleven22 Pastor Joseph "Joby" Martin III joins us with his thoughts.

We speak with state attorney candidate Wes White about the major issues he's focusing on in his campaign against State Attorney Angela Corey.

Duval County Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti joins us to discuss the state's standardized tests. proposed changes to the school district's boundaries and more.

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On Monday morning at Jacksonville’s Wolfson High School. In between classes, senior Takaiya Fuller  was checking how many Hero points she’s accumulated.They were printed on a big spreadsheet taped to a wall in the hallway.

She has 43 points, but she said she was hoping for a number more like 103.

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Anger continues to mount over the release this week of preliminary data from the Florida Standards Assessment test students took for the first time last spring.

The Florida Parent Teacher Organization and the Florida School Boards Association have joined with the state's school superintendents to express their lack of trust in the state's school accountability system.

We discuss the week's top news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Tonyaa Weathersbee, Florida Times-Union columnist; A.G. Gancarski, Florida Politics reporter; Matt Shaw, Folio Weekly editor.

Topics include Congresswoman Corrine Brown's opposition to proposed changes to the school district's boundaries, a lawsuit filed by Florida taxi companies again the state to impose more regulations on ride-sharing apps like Lyft and Uber, and more.

Duval County Public Schools may adopt uniforms for all elementary and middle school students next year. The uniforms would be mandatory for all students in each school, but each school would also be able to pick the color and clothing of the uniforms. We speak with UNF psychology professor and child psychologist Dr. Gabe Ybarra, who recently studied the impacts of uniforms on students' behavior and academic performance.

500 Black Duval County Students To Receive Mentors

Sep 1, 2015
Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

This year, 500 black students in Duval County will be paired with mentors.

Ten middle and high schools will participate in the “5,000 Role Models of Excellence Project,” an initiative to recruit 5,000 mentors over the course of 10 years.

Nathaniel Thomas, a 16-year-old student at Ribault High School, is one of the first teens who will be paired with a mentor.

Avid Life Media, the parent company of the recently hacked extramarital affairs website Ashley Madison, announced this week it is offering a bounty for information regarding Impact Team, the group behind the attack. We discuss the legal and technological impacts of the hacking and release of users' information with Lawrence Datz, Jacksonville family law attorney, and Ray Hollister, WJCT Digital Content Editor and Deemable Tech host.

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Duval County students returned Monday for the start of another school year.

The first day of school is a first-ever day for students entering voluntary pre-K.

Four-year-old Emma Medlin is at her first-ever public school orientation.

Emma's admiring the new playground outside her VPK on the University of North Florida campus.

Emma said, “I like to play with playground all days or the park.”

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This school year may be the last time Duval County elementary and middle-school students can choose what they wear to school.

The School Board is considering requiring them to wear uniforms.


The proposed mandatory uniform policy is for elementary and middle school students beginning the 2016-2017 school year. Duval Superintendent Nikolai Vitti unveiled a plan Tuesday to engage people who would be affected.

As parents, students and teachers prepare for the first day of classes, Duval County Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti joins us with a look at his and the district's priorities for the new school year.

Scott Shine

After years of watching state dollars go toward improving charter schools, the Duval County School Board is scrambling to shield local tax revenues from being drained as well.

School Board member Scott Shine says there’s reason to worry.

“Right now, charter schools don’t share any of the ad valorem taxes,” Shine said. “However, there are discussions in Tallahassee that that may start in the future.”

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During the last school year, Duval County investigators found four public school employees had inappropriate relations with students.

WJCT investigated and found out how the county helps students after situations like these.

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Duval County School Board members are split about what should be considered self defense when it comes to fighting in schools.

The board approved the new language at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Among the changes in next year’s Code of Conduct is how students are allowed to react when fights break out at school. Duval Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti says now students won’t get in trouble if they defend themselves during an attack.