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."
ByJim Turner - News Service of Florida•Jul 30, 2019
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.
ByNews Service of Florida and WJCT News•Jul 12, 2019
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.
ByAna Ceballos - News Service of Florida•Jun 25, 2019
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.
The Florida Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union, is predicting Florida’s newly passed private school voucher program will cost Duval County public schools nearly $72 million over five years.
ByTeresa Stepzinski - The Florida Times-Union•Apr 24, 2019
Duval County voters soon could decide on a proposed half-cent sales tax to pay for the estimated $1.95 billion school district leaders say is needed to replace, repair and renovate the county’s aging public schools.
ByAna Ceballos - News Service of Florida•Apr 15, 2019
A campaign about free speech on Florida college campuses - a hot-button issue across the nation - is being backed by Gov. Ron DeSantis and public university presidents, who signed a resolution vowing to welcome all types of debate unless they promote “true threats or defamation.”
ByTeresa Stepzinski - The Florida Times-Union•Apr 10, 2019
Historic but outdated and deteriorating Raines and Ribault high schools would be consolidated with their feeder schools unless the Duval County School Board rejects a contentious recommendation in the district’s proposed $1.95 billionmaster facilities plan to replace, repair and renovate the district’s aging schools.
In a decision that could have statewide implications, an administrative law judge Tuesday ruled that the Palm Beach County School Board is required to assign safety officers to charter schools under a law passed last year.
ByAna Ceballos - News Service of Florida•Feb 13, 2019
A Florida Senate panel tasked with shaping statewide education policies advanced a sweeping school-security package on Tuesday that would make it easier for school districts to participate in a controversial “guardian” program and would allow classroom teachers to be armed.
Duval County School Board member Darryl Willie is resigning from Teach For America in Jacksonville, where he’s executive director, to focus on his school district role and avoid the potential, as well as the perception, of a conflict of interest.