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The Jacksonville City Council is holding a hearing Tuesday on whether to allow the public to vote on a half-cent sales tax increase to help repair and replace the Duval County School District’s aging school buildings.

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Tuesday on First Coast Connect featured guest host David Cawton, reporter for The Jacksonville Daily Record. Ahead of Wednesday’s Downtown Investment Authority meeting he spoke with DIA Executive Director Aundra Wallace and Visit Jacksonville President Michael Corrigan. The DIA will be evaluating three submitted proposals for a new convention center (01:28).    

Monday on “First Coast Connect" we talked about education with Duval County School Board member 

Becki Couch and Jacksonville Public Education Fund executive director Trey Csar. We heard about telemedicine with Triage Logic CEO Charu Raheja. Cole Pepper reviewed the Jaguars selections in the NFL draft, and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra’s Piotr Szewczyk talked about an upcoming free concert during Wednesday’s Artwalk.  

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People’s perception of public education in Duval County continues to be at odds with reality in some key areas, according to the fourth annual Public Education Perceptions Poll sponsored by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund.

School Lunches

It’s a little-noticed move on Capitol Hill but one that could affect many thousands of kids and families in our area.

House lawmakers are quietly rolling back school lunch laws passed in 2010 which guarantee free lunches and after-school meals for children in high-poverty areas.

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Fourteen Duval County school teachers found out Tuesday they’re semifinalists for 2016 Teacher of the Year.

The semifinalists were selected from the nominees from every public school in the county.

The list includes eight elementary school teachers:

·       Emma Araya, Arlington Heights Elementary

·       Faylene Blake, Greenland Pines Elementary

·       Stacy Cribb, Sallye B. Mathis Elementary

There’s still room at this weekend’s ONE By ONE education convention for anyone interested in improving Jacksonville schools.

The fourth annual community conversation, hosted by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, is on Saturday.

Fund President Trey Csar says the conversation will focus on the idea of education equity.

“We really look at equity through both a racial and a socio-economic lens,” he says.


The Jacksonville Public Education Fund is looking for a few hundred people who want to help improve the schools. 

The organization has begun accepting applications for its fourth annual One by One Convention to be held Saturday, Jan. 23. 

JPEF President Trey Csar says this year the conversation will focus on equity.

  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.

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Duval County Public Schools wants your gently used instruments. The district is partnering with the Jacksonville Symphony, Jacksonville Public Education Fund, Jacksonville Public Library and Florida Blue to ensure students in need are able to participate in school music programs.

School Board Chair Ashley Smith Juarez says she herself benefited from playing the alto saxophone in school.

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Duval County Superintendent Nikolai Vitti outlined his strategies for keeping charter enrollment down at a School Board workshop, Tuesday.

Charter schools get public money, but they are run by private groups. More than 11,000 Duval students are enrolled in charters. That’s about 1,500 fewer than the district expected and budgeted for.


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Duval County Schools

The Duval County School Board has approved a grant to pay teachers who help with literacy.

Also at its Tuesday night meeting, the board decided it’s open to hearing public comments at more of its meetings.

The grant of just over $2 million is from Quality Education for All and administered through the Jacksonville Public Education Fund. Quality Education for All is a fund of private money used to improve public schools. The grant will be used to pay reading interventionists, teachers who work in small groups with kids who are behind in literacy.

Rhema Thompson

Nearly half of Duval County residents consider test scores and school grades to be the most important factor when deciding on a school, but the majority say they don't know very much about either, according to a recently released local poll.

Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF) unveiled results from its second annual Education Perceptions Poll Wednesday morning.

Cyd Hoskinson

After months of discussion, the Duval County School Board approved the plan to turnaround the district’s struggling middle schools.

Board members voted unanimously to approve the highly-touted middle school reform plan.

“A lot of times, the kids get lost in middle school so part of this is individualizing the kids, making them feel like someone really cares about them,” School Board Chairwoman Grymes said.  “It’s a tough time for kids. Middle school kids are very confused.”

Table 3. Districts by lifetime earnings and years to high annual salaries Rank: 98 District: Duval County (FL) Years to adjusted maximum salary benchmark ($68,000): 24 years Adjusted starting salary: $39,059 Adjusted ending salary: $69,427 Adjusted lifeti
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UPDATED 11:30 a.m.: This story has been updated with responses from Duval Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti.

A new study shows lifetime earnings for Duval County Public School teachers rank among the lowest of the nation’s largest school districts.

According to the report by the D.C.-based National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), the district lands in 98th place out of 125.