Education

Florida’s average teacher salary is among the lowest in the nation. The Florida Education Association says the state suffers from high turn-over rates and teacher shortages. The teachers union wants to change that and Monday, it brought educators from across the state to the Florida Capitol to demand more funding for education.

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Thousands of families will see their Florida Prepaid college tuition savings plans suddenly paid off thanks to price cuts announced in Jacksonville Monday by Governor Ron DeSantis.

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Starting next year, Jacksonville parents who want their children's education to be grounded in the classics can send them to two new charter schools.

DeSantis' Teacher Pay Plan: What Each First Coast County Would Get

Dec 2, 2019
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Gov. Ron DeSantis wants Florida lawmakers to approve a $602 million plan that would set a minimum salary of $47,500 for public-school teachers. 

Jacksonville University

Jacksonville University has announced plans to begin construction in late spring of a 26,000-square-foot "basketball performance center" that will include coaches’ offices, weight room, training room and a full court and a half of play surface.

Schools Could Get Antidote To Opioid Overdoses

Nov 12, 2019
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Medicine cabinets at Florida schools could get a new addition: an antidote for people who overdose on opioids such as heroin.

Safety Officer Fired By Duval School Board After Pointing Fake Gun At Student

Nov 6, 2019
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The Duval County Public Schools Board voted to fire a school safety officer after he pointed what’s been described as a realistic firearm at the head of a Ribault High School junior with special needs.

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Results from the latest University of North Florida public opinion poll show broad support for a number of hot button issues in Duval County.

School Board building exterior
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A proposal to let Duval County voters choose whether the school superintendent should be elected has moved a step closer to being considered by state lawmakers. Under the current system the superintendent is selected by the school board.

St. Johns Superintendent Weighs In To FL House Group On Higher Teacher Pay

Oct 24, 2019
St. Johns County School District

When Gov. Ron DeSantis made a pitch this month to raise the minimum salaries of Florida public-school teachers to $47,500, questions lingered over how lawmakers would go about paying for the plan.

Duval School Board's Lawsuit Against City Involves Question Of Consolidation

Oct 22, 2019
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After months of back and forth between the Duval County School Board and the Jacksonville City Council over a potential half-cent sales tax, the dueling sides finally had their day in court Monday.

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
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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.

Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

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.

Picture of students in a classroom
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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.

DUVAL COUNTY SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS

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.

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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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