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Nearly half of all rising sixth and ninth graders in Duval County Public Schools are not attending their neighborhood school, and a sizable portion are now attending charter schools.

That’s according to a months-long study on local school choice released Monday morning by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF), an education advocacy and research policy group.

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The new school year is about a month away, along with an unprecedented new performance incentives program in Duval County Public Schools. However, with just a few weeks to go before the initiative begins, the details on how the incentives will be administered remain unclear.

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As the number of charter schools in Florida grows, how well are these schools performing?

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About half of all new teachers leave the field within five years. Duval County businesses and community groups are trying to find a solution.

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Quality Education for All, or QEA, is a $50 million effort aimed at improving student achievement in 36 of the area’s toughest schools, and over the last 10 years it's generated nearly $40 million in local private funding. Those behind it call the effort unprecedented, but not yet sustainable.

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For some the multimillion dollar philanthropic effort known as Quality Education for All is strong sign of support for a community that has lacked it for all too long. But for others, it is another set of promises and plans that will lead to disappointment.

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In part one of our Quest for Quality series, we’ll hear from educators at one of the 36 schools being impacted by Quality Education for All, as well as individuals in the nonprofit and business world about the genesis and purpose of the multimillion dollar investment.

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An agreement reached between Duval County Public Schools and Duval Teachers United has set the stage for an unprecedented incentives program for educators, district officials say.

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Nearly $20 million in private funding has been approved to go toward recruiting and keeping the “best and brightest” educators in Duval County, and even more could be on its way.

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Yesterday, Duval Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti announced that he would indefinitely put on hold his proposal to open the school selection process to all students across the district.

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The Jacksonville Public Education Fund is the latest group weighing in on Duval County’s open enrollment debate with its own recommendations.

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Before he even entered high school, Joseph Frencl knew he wanted to teach math. The calling hit him in his 7th grade pre-algebra class.

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A community meeting is happening tonight at the University of North Florida with an important purpose.

It’s an invitation for people to better understand the new Common Core State Standards for education in Florida.

Common Core, as it’s called, has become controversial in the state as of late, with some questioning Florida’s move to join most other states in adopting the standards.

Trey Csar, executive director of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, joined Melissa on First Coast Connect to discuss tonight’s meeting on the Common Core State Standards.

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Crowdfunding is headed to the classroom as a way to fund innovative projects in Duval County.

PowerUP Jax, a website similar to the crowdfunding site Kickstarter, was created by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund with financial support from Community First Credit Union.

Jacksonville Public Education Fund President Trey Csar says it makes it easy for everyone to get involved in our schools.

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A fund created last year to improve student achievement in Duval County is ready to start spending some of the millions of dollars raised so far. 

Gary Chartrand, local businessman and chairman of the Florida Board of Education, announced the creation of the Quality Education for All fund at the first Champions for Education Conference at TPC Sawgrass last year. 

He returned this year with an update.

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