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A student health survey released by Duval County Public Schools finds an alarming rise in the number of students who have attempted or considered suicide.

On Monday, Florida's Education Commissioner issued an emergency order for brick and mortar schools to reopen for the fall, with the full array of services schools provide.

It said "school openings must be consistent with safety precautions as defined by the Florida Department of Health, local health officials and supportive of Floridians, young and adult, with underlying conditions that make them medically vulnerable."

Florida’s education commissioner issued a mandate Monday, requiring schools to open five days a week in the Fall. Statewide teachers’ union, the Florida Education Association, is questioning the move.

FAMU To Receive $50,000 To Buy Laptops For Students

Jul 1, 2020

Florida A & M University is using a $50,000 grant to buy more than 60 laptops for students who need one. The college was one of five historically black universities to be granted money from Vanguard, an investment advising firm.

FAMU's Shawnte Friday-Stroud says after switching to remote learning amid the pandemic, students didn't have access to computer labs, which led the university to realize that many students needed personal laptops to support the software teachers use.

File photo of a classroom.
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Duval County students returning to the classroom this fall will sit behind protective barriers meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

After warning of big budget vetoes because of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday secured the fate of one major spending item: teacher pay increases. 

The Republican governor signed into law a measure that sets the stage for spending $500 million to try to boost the minimum salaries of classroom teachers to at least $47,500 and to give raises to veteran teachers.

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Duval County Public Schools will be reopening for the fall semester on August 10, although online learning will still play a big role.

TALLAHASSEE --- The University of Florida Board of Trustees is asking a federal judge to toss out a potential class-action lawsuit that contends the school should be required to refund tuition and fees to students after closing its campus in March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Attorneys for the trustees last week filed a 17-page motion to dismiss the case, which alleges breach of contract and “unjust enrichment” by the university after students were forced to take online classes to finish the spring semester.

Students At Jax Elite High Schools Discuss Racism - Often Anonymously

Jun 17, 2020
This screenshot shows the Black at Bolles Instagram account, which is described as an anonymous space for current and former black students, parents, and faculty/staff to share their experiences.
Black at Bolles Instagram page

As conversations about anti-racism continue in the workplace, the discussion is now extending to the classrooms at some of Jacksonville’s most prestigious and elite schools. But the only way many students feel comfortable speaking up is anonymously, a new Instagram trend reveals.

Florida Eases Rules On Bright Futures Scholarship Program Amid COVID-19

Jun 11, 2020
News Service of Florida

Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran late Wednesday signed an emergency order that eases some eligibility requirements for awards under the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program.

The University of North Florida
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The University of North Florida is planning several town hall meetings and a web portal to take suggestions on how to reopen to students this fall.

Florida A&M University is planning to shift more classes online for the fall. The school is also limiting what classes will be offered in-person, and anyone on campus will have to follow certain rules related to social distancing. FAMU’s Chief Ethics officer Rica Calhoun gave examples during Thursday's Board of Trustees meeting.

Duval Teacher Who Sparked Inclusion Training Faces Homophohic Memes Investigation

May 21, 2020
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An award-winning Duval Schools teacher with honors from then-governor Rick Scott refused to abide by a transgender teenager’s pronouns, prompting school-wide training and an apology to his boss. But that same week — and for the rest of the school year — he continued posting bigoted memes mocking the LGBTQ community.

Duval County Public Schools headquarters
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Administrators at Duval County Public Schools are asking students, parents and staff for their input as the district plans for how to reopen schools in the fall.

What could college classes look like when students return in the Fall? It’s likely fewer of them will meet in-person according to Florida State University Provost Sally McRorie.

In an email to faculty, McRorie says some labs or courses that require special equipment or environments could meet in person while most others will need to be done through distance learning. In the April meeting of FSU’s Board of Trustees, University President John Thrasher said welcoming students back to campus depends largely on the health and safety situation.

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The Florida Department of Education (DOE) is trying to work out when it will be safe to reopen the public schools.

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It’s been a very untraditional year for high school seniors who have to stay at home and finish their classes online, due to the coronavirus.

Report Details Economic Impact Of Florida School Closures

Apr 27, 2020
Jacksonville University
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Florida’s economy could take an estimated $859 million hit as a result of school campuses being closed for six weeks during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report released Monday by the Florida Council of 100 business group.

Universities Moving Toward Pass/Fail Grades For Spring Semester

Mar 26, 2020
University of Florida
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Florida university students soon could choose to have their spring semester classes graded on a pass or fail scale, as university officials weigh options to help students transition to remote education amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Students with laptops
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Duval County Public Schools is expanding the times and distribution locations for students in need of laptops for virtual learning.

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Florida lawmakers will vote Thursday on a proposed state budget that includes spending $500 million to increase teacher salaries.

More Than 450 Duval Public Schools Employees Report They Need To Self-Isolate

Mar 17, 2020
Duval County Public Schools headquarters
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Over 450 Duval County Public Schools employees say they need to self-isolate, the district said Monday.

Person typing at a computer
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There are more than 3,000 open cybersecurity jobs in Northeast Florida, according to Edythe M. Abdullah, Dean of UNF's Division of Continuing Education.

That’s prompted the university to launch a 26-week career-readiness program in partnership with Fullstack Academy.

Senate Appropriation Chairman Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island
Florida Senate

The Senate on Tuesday voted to repeal an embattled bonus program for public-school teachers and principals, a move that would free up roughly $300 million as lawmakers continue to negotiate teacher-pay raises.

41 Taken To Hospitals After Pepper Spray Incident At Highlands Middle School

Feb 28, 2020
First responders are pictured Friday at Highlands Middle School.
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Firefighters responding to a mass casualty event at Highlands Middle School on Friday afternoon took 41  seventh-grade students suffering effects from pepper spray to area hospitals, according to Duval County Public Schools.

Florida House Speaker Willing To Look At Merging New College With USF

Feb 21, 2020
Florida House Speaker Jose Oliva, R-Miami Lakes, addresses the house at the start of session on Tuesday Jan. 14, 2020, in Tallahassee.
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As the House considers merging New College of Florida into Florida State University, House Speaker Jose Oliva said late Thursday he is open to considering the idea of folding the liberal arts college into the University of South Florida.

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A new high school will soon be built in St. Johns County, which in turn is going to impact the attendance zones of the county’s existing high schools.

'Sunshine' Exemption Sought For College Presidential Searches

Feb 10, 2020
Photo of  Senate Education Chairman Manny Diaz Jr. (R-Hialeah)
News Service of Florida

Two proposals moving forward in the Florida Legislature would make the process of selecting presidents at public colleges and universities more secretive.

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GTM Research Reserve’s education team has been traveling to First Coast area fourth-grade elementary classes since May 2019, conducting a virtual reality (VR) interactive pilot program.

Math teach Kristen Musgrove reacting to the announcement that she is the winner of Florida's 2019-20 Milken Educator Award and $25,000.
Milken Family Foundation

A Nassau County math teacher was surprised with a $25,000 check on Wednesday morning after being named Florida’s Milken Educator of the year.

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