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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.

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis stopped in Jacksonville Wednesday afternoon to highlight the state’s new Family Empowerment Scholarship Program.

The Duval County Public Schools headquarters building is located on Jacksonville's Southbank.
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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.

Florida Lawmakers Eye Change In Divvying Up School Money

May 13, 2019

A long-controversial part of the state’s formula for distributing money to public schools could be headed toward a change.

DeSantis Signs Bill Allowing Armed Teachers

May 9, 2019
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Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday signed legislation that expands the controversial school “guardian” program to allow armed classroom teachers.

Clay County Public Schools

Clay County District Schools teachers will have a new school-safety tool when classes start in the fall.

Duval School Board Proposes Sales Tax To Repair And Replace Aging Schools

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.

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Public middle- and high-school students in St. Johns County will be given automatic grades of 100 on their final exams this spring.

Pollution Cleanup Site Could Become Jacksonville Charter School

Apr 22, 2019
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The developer behind a string of downtown Jacksonville building projects is spearheading a plan to open a classics-based charter school on land at the center of a decades-long environmental cleanup.

All 12 Florida Universities Sign Free Speech Resolution Urged By Gov. DeSantis

Apr 15, 2019
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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.”

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April 12 is St. Augustine High School’s senior prom.  But for some students who planned to go, it’s suddenly just another Friday night.

5 Ed White High School Students Arrested After Student Attacked

Apr 11, 2019
Duval County Public Schools

Five Ed White High School students were arrested Thursday morning after a student was attacked as he entered school.

Community Voices Concern About Proposed Raines, Ribault Consolidations

Apr 10, 2019
Raines High School
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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.

Bullet Shatters Westside Jacksonville School Window Amid State Exams

Apr 3, 2019

At least one stray bullet shattered the window of a Northwest Jacksonville elementary school classroom Wednesday as students were taking their Florida Standards Assessment tests.

Florida Children's Week

Children’s Week in Tallahassee is an annual event in which legislators, policy makers, business leaders and child advocates from across the state come together to focus on the needs of kids.

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The Clay County School district has been given approval from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI to start forming its own police department.

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The first two community meetings on the Duval School District’s plan for addressing aging school buildings are Monday night in Jacksonville.

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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.

State Senate Panel Approves Arming Teachers

Feb 13, 2019
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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 School Board Member Darryl Willie Stepping Down From Education Nonprofit

Feb 7, 2019
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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.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday in Jacksonville he wants to get rid of the waitlist that nearly 2,000 students that have applied for a state special needs scholarship are on.