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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. 

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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. 

In-State College Tuition Program To Help Grandparents Lure Grandkids To Florida

Jul 28, 2021
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Next year, out-of-state college students could be eligible to attend Florida’s public universities at the same cost as in-state residents – if they have a grandparent living in the state. 

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Classes begin in less than two weeks in Duval County amid rapid shifts in the coronavirus pandemic and the response from local, state and federal governments. 

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Face masks will be optional for the fall semester in the St. Johns County School District.

TALLAHASSEE --- During an at-times heated meeting on Wednesday, the State Board of Education adopted new curriculum standards for civics, government and Holocaust education, along with updates to other subject areas.

The revised civic education standards will, in part, require public school students to “study primary source documents to understand the philosophical underpinnings of the American Republic and the root cause of American exceptionalism.”

Standards For Florida Public Schools Targeted For Revisions

Jul 13, 2021
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Florida’s State Board of Education on Wednesday will consider adopting a wide-ranging overhaul of curriculum standards across multiple subjects in public schools, including guidelines for teaching civics and government courses and Holocaust education.

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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. 

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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. 

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 233 into law last week, requiring public universities to survey students and staff annually about their beliefs to assess “viewpoint diversity” on campuses.

Barring any legal challenges, the law takes effect July 1. The four members of the western Panhandle delegation — Representatives Jayer Williamson, Alex Andrade and Michelle Saltzman, and Sen. Doug Broxson — voted in favor of the measure.

Four St. Petersburg higher education institutions are combining forces to educate and take control over the racial barriers that students face.

The University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus, Eckerd College, Stetson University College of Law, and St. Petersburg College serves over 36,000 students.

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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. 

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At its meeting in Jacksonville, the Florida State Board of Education approved a controversial rule Thursday banning teachers from indoctrinating or persuading students. 

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An eighth grader at LaVilla School for the Arts has won Middle School Best-In-Show in an international art competition.

State Education Board To Vote On History Debate At Jacksonville Meeting

Jun 3, 2021
News Service of Florida

The State Board of Education is set to vote in Jacksonville next week on a proposal that would place strict guidelines on the way U.S. history is taught in public schools, but opponents argue the measure threatens to obscure the realities of historical events as part of a “culture war.”

COVID-19 Student Retention Measure Signed

Jun 2, 2021
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Parents of public-school students in kindergarten through fifth grade will be able to request that children be retained in their current grade levels for the 2021-2022 school year under a bill signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Children wait to enter classrooms, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, at the Carrie P. Meek/Westview K-8 Center in Miami.
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The Florida Department of Education is planning a “listening tour” over the next two weeks for people to provide input on a proposed rule seeking to revise education standards in civics and English-language arts, and to introduce new standards for several areas of instruction.

The Duval County Public Schools board will vote on whether to change the name of Robert E. Lee High School and other schools with controversial names.
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After nearly 11 months of public debates and demonstrations, the Duval County School Board will vote Tuesday evening on nine school names that are branded after controversial historical figures.

Gov. Ron DeSantis made a stop at Destin Elementary Wednesday afternoon to announce a statewide bonus for teachers and principals as well as tout the state’s plan to open schools for in-person instruction.

“When the history is written on this recent chapter, I think people are going to look back and say probably the most important thing we did here was get the kids in school,” the governor said surrounded by local officials.

This image shows how a photo was altered in the Bartram Trail High School yearbook. The student's face has been blurred to protect the student's privacy.
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The St. Johns County School District is forming a committee to consider dress code changes after Bartram Trail High School edited the photos of 80 female students to cover more of their bodies. 

Education Proposal Targets Efforts To 'Indoctrinate'

May 19, 2021
News Service of Florida

A proposed rule that will be weighed by the State Board of Education aims to control the way history is taught in Florida classrooms and not allow teachers to “indoctrinate” students, as part of what state Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran called a "constant, vigilant fight."

Robert E. Lee High School teacher Amy Donofrio — removed from her classroom in March after she refused to take down a Black Lives Matter flag from outside her classroom — said she believed she’d been ultimately fired based on a speech last week by state Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran. 

State Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said in a recent address that a Duval County Public Schools teacher has been fired after displaying Black Lives Matter flags.

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Florida Coastal School of Law (Coastal Law) in Jacksonville has been dealt a major blow by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE)’s Federal Student Aid (FSA) office, which announced Thursday the law school’s application for reinstatement of student federal aid programs has been denied.

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Saying the state is blowing up “tired old narratives,” Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday signed a measure designed to lead to a major expansion of school vouchers.

During the recently concluded 2021 legislative session, members of the Florida House and Senate decided to get rid of two tuition assistance programs.

Combined, the moves save $42 million — but may come at a cost to thousands of students.

While the planned elimination of the Access to Better Learning and Education (ABLE) program saves $5 million, the cutting of a $600 textbook stipend that Bright Futures recipients received every year saves $37 million.

Florida’s state universities are expected to return to pre-coronavirus operations during the upcoming school year, including at athletic and social events, top system officials said Wednesday.

An early evening news release signed by Syd Kitson, chairman of the university system’s Board of Governors, and Marshall Criser, chancellor of the system, said the 12 public universities “expect to increase classroom occupancy to pre-COVID capacity by the 2021-22 academic year and return to pre-COVID operations.

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Green Cove Springs Junior High Principal Jennifer Pryor Halter has been chosen by the Florida Department of Education as the state’s 2021 Principal of the Year.

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Jacksonville’s Christ the King Catholic School is one of 40 schools nationwide to win the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Award. 

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