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The Vision Education and Rehabilitation Center (VERC), held a blindness awareness event at the Florida State College at Jacksonville’s downtown campus Thursday.   

Hurricanes Leave Uncertainly In Florida Schools Enrollment

Oct 12, 2017
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The impact of hurricanes may be a complicating factor as lawmakers try to figure out how many students are in Florida's public schools this year and how many might show up next year.

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The Florida Department of Education has released its annual list of schools across the state that earned the Five Star School Award.

Florida Opens Doors For Puerto Rican Students

Oct 9, 2017
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Florida is waiving rules and regulations to let public schools and higher-education institutions admit students from Puerto Rico on an emergency basis, after the island was battered by Hurricane Maria, Gov. Rick Scott has announced.

Study Points To 'Resegregation' Of Some Florida Schools

Sep 28, 2017
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Although Florida is becoming a more racially diverse state, its public-school system is becoming more segregated, a new study from the LeRoy Collins Institute shows.

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The Florida Education Association teachers union has filed a potential class-action lawsuit alleging that the state's controversial “Best and Brightest” bonus program discriminates against older teachers and minorities.

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In celebration of his birthday Wednesday, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced an initiative to give a book to all babies born in Duval County.

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Duval County Public Schools interim Superintendent Patricia Willis is recommending the district create a charter school director position, one of more than 20 administration changes.

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Two University of Florida alumni have filed a class-action lawsuit against the state, saying lawmakers and Gov. Rick Scott funneled money that should have gone to higher education into tax cuts and savings.

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The National Endowment for the Arts awarded Jacksonville’s Museum of Contemporary Arts a $30,000 grant.

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A Duval County Boy Scouts' after school program is in jeopardy after losing state funding.

Duval Schools Providing Guidance To Outside Districts Through Parent Academy

Jun 14, 2017
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Parent Academy is a free, year-round initiative offered by Duval County Public Schools to help parents become more involved in their children's education.

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About 200 teachers and school staff members made sure Governor Rick Scott knew they oppose an education bill awaiting his signature. They demonstrated outside Beach Boulevard’s Angie’s Subs in Jacksonville Beach where Scott was stopping Tuesday during what he called a statewide victory tour after reaching budget deals with the Legislature.  

Colleges Decry Budget Cuts

Apr 7, 2017
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TALLAHASSEE — As the House and Senate prepare to take up their budget plans next week, state college leaders and students said Thursday the proposals contain unsustainable cuts for the 28-college system.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott and Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart sat in a circle with about 20 Reynolds Lane Elementary teachers Thursday afternoon.

Scott’s question to the educators: How does Florida attract people to teach and keep them in the field?

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Here's a listing of when schools from throughout the First Coast will reopen.

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The Monique Burr Foundation for Children announced a new program Wednesday to teach students in grades six through eight how to identify and prevent sexual abuse.

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Duval County parents and students will have more choices starting this fall.

The Duval County School Board introduced several new principals who will be at the helm of 14 schools that have been repurposed to fit the needs of the modern student, Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said.

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Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti joins us to discuss the most pressing issues facing Jacksonville schools, including the ongoing debates over transgender bathrooms, school boundaries, and more.

Duval Students Get Real World Food Truck Experience

May 25, 2016
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At the same time many teens are learning to drive, some Duval County students are also learning to cook behind the wheel.

Two high school teams competed in a food truck cook off at the Duval Schools administration building this week. The two teams, which have been competition all year, are made up of teens from five different schools and the students assume the roles of a professional food truck.

One school is responsible for supplying cooks, another supplies a logistics team, and another is responsible for marketing.

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TALLAHASSEE — A Leon County circuit judge heard closing arguments Friday in a potentially far-reaching lawsuit that challenges whether the state has met a constitutional requirement to provide a "high quality" system of public schools.

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The Duval County School Board approved a new slate of school program and boundary changes Tuesday.

The transformations are part of Superintendent Nikolai Vitti’s plan to address the district's low-performing and underutilized schools.

Brussels Attacks

The manhunt continues for the five terrorists authorities have identified as playing a part in Tuesday's terror attacks in Brussels, Belgium, that killed 31 people and injured 270.

Meanwhile officials say this morning that the Islamic State group has trained at least 400 fighters to target Europe in deadly waves of attacks, deploying interlocking terror cells like the ones that struck Brussels and Paris with orders to choose the time, place and method for maximum carnage.

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In honor of Black History Month, Florida Gov. Rick Scott honored outstanding teachers and students Wednesday at his mansion in Tallahassee.

The legislative battle over charter schools kicked into high gear Wednesday, as measures dealing with educational choice advanced in the House and the League of Women Voters hammered a constitutional amendment that could increase the number of charters in Florida.

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Updated Wed. 2/04 at 10 p.m.:

Six Duval County Schools will become more specialized in the fall.

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Flagler College will host a week long seminar that introduces high school students to St. Augustine history. The first ever “Pirates, Protest and Preservation” program will take place June 12 through the June 17.

Funded by a $20,000 grant from the Florida Humanities Council, the seminar seeks to provide students with knowledge about different aspect of humanities.

The residential academic seminar was collectively developed by Flagler College faculty after they noticed  a lack of interest of humanities as a college major.

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WJCT’s Community Thread project invites listeners to submit questions about topics that affect all of us. It started with a TV show on public schools in November. Now, our WJCT News reporters are working to answer questions that didn’t make it on the show.

This one comes from Vickie Robinson. She wants to know: How successful is Duval County’s pilot program for single-gender learning at Butler Middle School? And does the district plan to expand single-gender learning to high schools?

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Susan Painter is from Decatur, Georgia, near Atlanta, and she always knew she wanted to an artist.

“I was always interested in art. I took lessons as a young girl and in high school, drawing  and painting,” she says.

Susan met her husband, Rick, in college. He's a landscape architect, and the couple moved around the country, following his career,  eventually landing in Jacksonville.

Although she earned a teaching certificate in college, she hadn’t used it. She came to schools in a different way.

  The Jacksonville Public Education Fund released its annual public education perceptions poll this week.

The results found that most Duval County residents support a small increase in taxes to support public education.

We discuss the numbers with JPEF President Trey Csar.