The Jacksonville Civic Council, an influential group of local CEOs, is calling for per pupil funding when it comes to a sales tax referendum for schools.

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The Jacksonville General Counsel issued a formal opinion Tuesday backing the City Council’s decision to hold off scheduling a special election on a proposed sales tax referendum.

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A Leon County circuit judge has rejected arguments by teacher unions that a controversial 2018 education law violates collective-bargaining rights and improperly singles out teachers among public employees.


Jacksonville At Large Group 4 City Councilman Matt Carlucci is in the process of lining up co-sponsors for his non-binding resolution calling on the council to let voters decide whether members on the Duval County Public Schools Board should be appointed by the mayor.


Duval County scholars are heading back to class Monday, and both parents and students will notice some changes on the first day back to school.

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Duval County Public Schools Board Chair Lori Hershey said Wednesday she believes the City of Jacksonville's controversial involvement in the school board's struggle to get a half-cent sales tax referendum on the ballot this fall "feels more like extortion, as well as being held hostage."

This Year's Back-To-School Fla. Tax Holiday Expanded To Include Computers

Jul 30, 2019
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Florida’s retail industry is gearing up for this year’s back-to-school sales tax “holiday” on clothes, classroom supplies and computer equipment, with the state offering the tax break for five days starting Friday.

Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis was at First Coast High School Monday morning to talk about her initiative to help improve mental health in schools.

School Grades Improve In Florida With Several First Coast Counties Receiving A's

Jul 12, 2019
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Florida education officials on Thursday touted the state’s annual school report card as a “monumental improvement,” with public schools earning more A and B grades and fewer C, D and F grades during the 2018-2019 school year.

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The Clay County School Board may head to court to try and force a November special election on a sales tax to fund school improvements.

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In a move echoing what’s happening in Duval County, the Clay County School Board wants to ask voters to approve a half-cent sales tax.

Court Fight Looms Over Florida's New School Vouchers Program

Jun 25, 2019
Gov. Ron DeSantis visited the North Florida School of Special Education on May 22.
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Thirteen years after Tallahassee attorney Ron Meyer successfully challenged the state's major school-vouchers program, he is preparing to sue the state again, this time over its newest taxpayer-funded scholarships.

Jacksonville Civic Council Criticizes Parts Of Duval Schools Master Plan

Jun 5, 2019
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A letter delivered to Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Diana Greene outlines issues the Jacksonville Civic Council has with the School Board’s $1.9 billion facilities master plan.

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As school gets out for summer, more than a million Florida students who depend on schools for food during the day will have to look elsewhere for meals. 

A Quarter of Duval Third Graders At Risk Of Being Held Back

May 28, 2019

Test results are in and the numbers show a concerning amount of third graders are at risk of being held back.