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Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued an executive order that he says includes eliminating Common Core, which is a set of academic standards in math and English that students are required to master.

Duval School District Plans Community Meetings To Discuss Aging Schools

Jan 28, 2019
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The Duval County School Board is holding a series of community meetings starting Thursday to discuss the condition of its schools and facilities, including aging buildings that need costly repairs or potential replacement.

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Education is an enormous piece of the state budget. Hundreds of thousands of people work in the industry, and millions of Florida families send their kids to public schools each day.

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A lawsuit has been refiled against the Duval County Public Schools district for hiring armed staffers to patrol school grounds after the first version was rejected on technical grounds.

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Safe corners in classrooms, locked or staffed doors and gates and “Code Red” policies are some of the basics recommended by a state panel created to investigate the Broward County school shooting this year that left 14 students and three faculty members dead.

More Florida College Students Look To Bright Futures Program

Dec 11, 2018
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More Florida students are taking advantage of beefed-up scholarship programs that help pay for tuition, fees and books at state universities and colleges.


The Education Corporation of America, which owns Virginia College, is shutting down.

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Some Jacksonville parents Thursday joined the League of Women Voters in filing a lawsuit against the Duval County Public School District for hiring armed staffers to patrol school grounds.

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A Nassau County fifth grade teacher got quite the surprise at school assembly Thursday when she found out she was the winner of a national teaching prize.

Darryl Willie, a former teacher and now the Executive Director of Teach for America Jacksonville, was recently elected to the school board Duval County’s 4th District, which covers parts of Jacksonville’s Northside and Eastside.

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Four Duval County public schools were recently named “Schools of Excellence” by the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE), bringing the total number of district schools with the state designation to 31. 


  Elizabeth Andersen, a former teacher turned therapist, was elected to the school board for Duval County’s 2nd District on Tuesday. She beat Nick Howland to replace Scott Shine who did not seek re-election after his first term. Andersen will be representing the Beaches.

Duval Voters Elect 3 New School Board Members

Nov 6, 2018

Duval County’s three school board races were decided Tuesday. Elizabeth Andersen, Darryl Willie and Charlotte Joyce will take seats on the seven-member board.

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As schools in the districts hardest hit by Hurricane Michael begin to reopen, five independent booksellers across the state are hosting a fundraiser to re-stock the libraries of those schools. One of the participating bookstores is in Fernandina Beach.         

Clay School Board Incumbent Sues To Kick Challenger Off Ballot

Oct 24, 2018
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A Clay County School Board member embroiled amid a contentious run-off for re-election filed suit Tuesday seeking a court order to disqualify her opponent — alleging she doesn’t live in the district up for election on November 6.

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Updated 10/16 at 1:30 p.m.

Duval County public high schools will probably have walk-through metal detectors for checking students for weapons later this school year, according to the district's police director Micheal Edwards at a school board workshop Tuesday.

Florida Coastal School Of Law Sued By Its Former President

Oct 2, 2018
Via The Jacksonville Daily Record

The former president of Florida Coastal School of Law is suing the school, alleging wrongful termination and unpaid compensation.

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A federal appeals court has heard arguments in a public prayer case involving the 2015 state high school football championship between University Christian in Jacksonville and Cambridge Christian in Tampa.

UCF's Improper Spending Triggers Scrutiny At Florida's Other Universities

Sep 28, 2018
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Following the revelation that the University of Central Florida improperly used operating funds to construct a campus building, the Florida Board of Governors is asking all universities to review projects built over the last decade and report on how they were funded.

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Jacksonville will commend and celebrate talented young scientists from River City Science Academy (RCSA) at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

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Clay County’s school district has launched a Bullying Hotline.

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The Duval County School District will show students videos teaching them what to do if a shooter were to come on campus. The videos are meant to help prepare students and staff before state-required active assailant drills later this month.

High School Football Games Rescheduled After Triple Shooting After Raines Game

Aug 28, 2018

Duval County Public Schools will be changing the dates and times of about a dozen high-profile high school football games in the wake of Friday night's triple shooting after a football game at Raines High School.

Duval School Officials Surprised By Cost Of JSO Police Protection

Aug 23, 2018
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Duval school officials said they were caught off guard by city and police officials’ plans to charge the district for the full overtime costs of providing police officers to elementary schools.


A Jacksonville private school's dress code policy was described as discriminatory by a mother who said her 8-year-old son was forced to cut his hair in order to attend class.

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With Florida’s back-to-school sales tax holiday now underway, some retailers may face an enthusiasm dip as laptops and other electronics are not on the discount menu.

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Dr. Diana Greene has been on the job for a month now as Duval County's new superintendent, coming to Jacksonville after a stint leading the school system in Manatee County, Florida.

Art, Music, PE Spared From Duval Schools Budget Axe

Jul 25, 2018
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Duval County’s art, music and physical education teachers will be spared from budget cuts as students  prepare to head back to school next month.

State Education Board Signs Off On 'Hope' Scholarships Rule

Jul 19, 2018
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The Florida Board of Education has unanimously approved a rule to help move forward with a controversial new program that will let bullied students transfer to private schools.

St. Johns County School District

As students and teachers get ready for school to start, St. Johns County is gearing up for the many volunteers who will be helping out this year.