Education

Shine Wants Interim Superintendent To Rescind Relatives’ Promotions

Jun 7, 2018
Duval County School District

A Duval County School Board member Wednesday asked outgoing Superintendent Patricia Willis to rescind the promotion of her son to a principal’s job and her niece’s move to head a middle school.

Duval Interim Superintendent’s Son, Niece Get Top Principal Jobs

Jun 6, 2018
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Outgoing superintendent Patricia Willis announced a series of 19 principal changes that include promoting her son from an assistant principal spot to principal and moving a niece from leadership of a neighborhood elementary school to a high-ranking, magnet middle school.

Dropout Recovery High Schools Are Considering Leaving Duval

May 24, 2018
Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Catapult Academy, a private, for-profit learning center operator with seven Jacksonville satellite locations, sent a note home to its 861 students and their parents saying the centers might not reopen for the coming school year because the company and the district haven’t agreed to renew their contract.

Duval School Board Picks Diana Greene As Superintendent

May 18, 2018
Duval County School District

The Duval County School Board unanimously voted for Florida’s Manatee County Superintendent Diana Greene as its choice for superintendent late Friday afternoon.

Florida Politics

The Sunshine Summit is an annual conference for Florida Republicans, and this summer one of the invited speakers is Dinesh D’Souza, is a convicted felon and conservative firebrand who mocked Marjory Stoneman Douglas students on Twitter. He later apologized.

Gov. Rick Scott and incoming Senate President Bill Galvano have criticized the GOP invitation to D’Souza.

The Republican Party has responded to the criticism by adding a speaker who’s been critical of D’Souza. Matt Schlapp is chair of the American Conservative Union.

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Indiana Public Media

The Florida Supreme Court on Monday said it will take up a long-running legal battle about whether the state has met its constitutional duty to provide a high-quality system of public schools.

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A new state law requires districts to step up school safety and mental health. A provision in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act requires all Florida public schools to have a police officer on campus or a trained employee who carries a gun.

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Edwards Waters College announced Wednesday that Dr. A. Zachary Faison Jr. has been selected as the 30th President and CEO of Jacksonville’s historically black college.

State Report: More Women Look To Online Classes To Earn Degrees

Mar 26, 2018
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More women than men opt to take only online classes to earn bachelor’s degrees in Florida’s state university system, according to a new report from the system’s Board of Governors.

Former Nassau County Principal Hired, Fired, Hired In 1-Month Span

Mar 21, 2018
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A former Nassau County principal who resigned last month after officials said he admitted to taking money from Fernandina Beach High School and who recently got fired from Duval County Public Schools has been hired by a private school in Clay County.

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Florida’s new school safety law is drawing criticism from educators around the state.

Florida House Backs Study Of School Funding Issue

Feb 14, 2018
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With backing from Republican education leaders, a key House committee Wednesday approved a bill that could be a first step toward trying to revise how money is distributed to school districts.

Florida Senate Seeks Slightly Higher Student Funding Than House

Jan 24, 2018
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A key Senate education panel released a budget proposal Wednesday that would increase public-school funding by $110 per student in 2018-2019.

Florida Lawmakers Look To Make College Even Cheaper

Dec 29, 2017
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For Florida residents, attending a state university or college is a bargain.

Florida Supreme Court Declines To Take Up Education Fight

Dec 19, 2017
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The Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to wade into a legal battle about a controversial new education law, sending the case to a lower court for consideration.

FSCJ Sees Largest Projected Decline Among Florida’s State Colleges This Year

Dec 19, 2017
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Enrollment in Florida's 28 state colleges is expected to remain relatively flat this year, although several schools are reporting effects from Hurricane Irma.

Florida House of Representatives

A House Republican who previously served on the Duval County School Board proposed a constitutional amendment Monday that would place term limits on school board members across the state.

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Saying it's not the role of judges to determine education policy, an appeals court Wednesday rejected a long-running lawsuit that alleged Florida has failed to meet its constitutional duty of providing a high-quality system of public schools.

Property Tax Money Could Be Key In Education Budget

Dec 8, 2017
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Education Commissioner Pam Stewart told a Senate budget panel Thursday that funding would be “woefully short” next year if lawmakers do not use an increase in property tax collections to support schools.

Jacksonville University

The Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Florida is working with Jacksonville University to build a new facility in Arlington.

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One of the biggest fears many college students face is what kind of job they’ll be able to get.

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The University of North Florida has suspended a student following a threatening social media message, UNF President John Delaney said Tuesday night.

Florida's University System Looks For Construction Money

Nov 13, 2017
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The Florida Board of Governors has agreed to ask lawmakers for $228 million in university-system construction projects and $48.6 million for maintenance in the next state budget.

Florida Universities To Bolster Mental Health Services

Nov 10, 2017
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Spurred by the state Board of Governors, Florida universities will hire 56 mental-health professionals this year and a total of 105 over the next four years.

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A couple dozen concerned citizens showed up at Terry Parker High School in Arlington Monday night for the first of four community hearings.

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The Florida Constitution Revision Commission will consider a proposal that would make it easier for schools to comply with class-size limits, with any financial savings required to go toward higher teacher pay.

News4Jax

Our News4Jax partner has learned that a Jacksonville law school has been told it needs to make improvements to its academic programs or risk facing penalties related to its accreditation.

Gov. Scott Looks To Boost Money For Teacher Supplies

Oct 25, 2017
Rick Scott
The Office of Governor Rick Scott

Gov. Rick Scott announced Wednesday he will seek to increase the annual grants that Florida teachers receive to buy classroom supplies.

FSCJ And Other State Colleges Look For Money To Close Jobs Gap

Oct 24, 2017
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Florida state colleges will make a pitch to lawmakers during the 2018 session to restore a $30 million budget cut and increase funding to hire more faculty, provide more counseling services and create more programs aimed at closing the “employment gap” in high-demand jobs.

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As Jacksonville residents grapple with whether to remove the city’s Confederate monuments a group of area high school students are offering a more conciliatory alternative to the normally fractious debate among adults.


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