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Lion Electric Co.

New public-transit and school buses that run on electricity and alternative fuels would get much of Florida’s share of a federal payout from a Volkswagen emissions scandal, under a plan rolled out Tuesday by the state.  

DeSantis Proposes Raising Minimum Teacher Salary To $47.5K

Oct 7, 2019
Gov. Ron DeSantis visited Middleburg High School Monday to announce a plan to increase the mimimum teacher salary in Florida.
Office of Gov. Ron DeSantis

Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to raise the minimum salary of Florida teachers to $47,500, a proposal that would cost hundreds of millions of dollars and likely will be a key issue during the upcoming 2020 legislative session.

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The Duval County Public Schools Board this week demonstrated its disdain for the idea of an elected superintendent with its unanimous support of a resolution opposing the suggestion.

Education Fight Heading To Florida's Supreme Court

Sep 30, 2019
News Service of Florida

Nine county school boards are going to the Florida Supreme Court in a battle about the constitutionality of a controversial 2017 law that sought to bolster charter schools.

Could Florida teachers get a long awaited raise this year? Governor Ron DeSantis, Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, and Senate Budget Chief Rob Bradley have all discussed it, and the state’s largest teacher’s union is calling for it. But there are plenty of questions about how and whether teachers will get anything.

The Jessie Ball duPont Center
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The third annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) College Fair is Saturday, September 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jessie Ball duPont Center at  40 E Adams St. in Downtown Jacksonville.

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The state Department of Education and the Florida Education Association asked a federal judge Thursday to preliminarily approve a $15.5 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit alleging that the “Best and Brightest” teacher-bonus program discriminated against black and Hispanic teachers.

Corcoran Pushes Changes In State College System

Sep 19, 2019
News Service of Florida

Florida education czar Richard Corcoran bristles at being called a disrupter.

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.

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and Miami University are accepting applications for a new master’s degree centered on improving local communities and ecosystems.

DeSantis Touts UF, FSU '2020 Best Colleges' Rankings

Sep 10, 2019
A photo of Pugh Hall at UF
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Gov. Ron DeSantis, state lawmakers and university officials on Monday bragged about Florida State University and the University of Florida moving up in the rankings of an annual report that grades the country's top public colleges and universities.

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Jacksonville District 13 City Councilman Rory Diamond said Monday he hopes City Hall can find common ground with the Duval County Public Schools Board.

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People looking to add to their home library might want to check out the Jacksonville Public Library’s book sale later this week.

At Large Group 4 City Councilman Matt Carlucci
DUVAL COUNTY SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS

The proposed special election for a half-cent sales tax referendum is slated for a vote Tuesday evening by the Jacksonville City Council.

LINDSEY KILBRIDE / WJCT NEWS

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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