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A Jacksonville state lawmaker wants to allow the mayor to appoint members to the Duval County Public Schools Board instead of their being elected by voters. 

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A Jacksonville state lawmaker is pushing legislation to eliminate local government’s ability to impose affordable housing mandates on developers.

State Rep. Jason Fischer
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A Jacksonville lawmaker has introduced legislation that would allow state universities and colleges to sponsor K-12 public charter schools.

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With self-driving technology growing increasingly common, two state lawmakers want to revamp the rules of the road to prepare for autonomous cars.

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Critics of a Florida House bill that aims to crack down on anti-Semitism say the legislation is too narrow because it fails to address other forms of xenophobia and hate crimes, and that it violates the First Amendment by criminalizing legitimate criticisms of the State of Israel.

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Funding requests totaling $3 million from two Northwest Jacksonville charter schools are being pushed by state lawmakers.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry speaking to the Duval County Legislative Delegation at City Hall.
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In their Monday morning meeting at City Hall, the Duval County Legislative Delegation unanimously elected both their next chair and vice chair before ceding the floor to constituents as they look for input before heading to Tallahassee for committee meetings ahead of the 2019 legislative session.

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The Duval County Legislative Delegation will meet at City Hall on Monday to elect a new chair and vice chair and to hear from constituents.

  Today on “First Coast Connect,” our Media Roundtable featured Andrew Pantazi from the Florida Times-Union, Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski and WJCT Business Analyst John Burr (01:24). We were also joined by Martha Mickler, Margo Pope and Judy Riggle (41:24)  to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Woman’s Exchange of St. Augustine. 


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A former Duval County School Board member and current state representative is co-sponsoring legislation that some school board members and the superintendent oppose.

Jacksonville Rep. Jason Fischer’s “Schools-of-Hope” bill would encourage private charter companies to replace struggling neighborhood schools.

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Updated on 7/7/16 at 1:50 p.m.:

The two candidates for a Florida House seat representing much of Jacksonville faced off in a debate Wednesday afternoon. Republicans Jason Fischer and Dick Kravitz had similar positions on many issues, differing mainly over taxes.


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The Duval County School Board went from seven to six members after Jason Fischer resigned to run for state House this month.

Now, the even-numbered board is considering changing its rule for breaking ties.

 

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Duval County parents and teachers didn’t seem to hold any frustrations back at a town hall about school curricula Thursday evening.

School Board Member Jason Fischer is holding the forums at elementary schools in his district this month.

 


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The Duval County School Board has approved five new curricula.

The new materials will cost the district around $5.3 million. About a third of that will go toward a middle-school language arts curriculum.

Last month, Duval Superintendent Nikolai Vitti switched his recommendation from a curriculum slightly more aligned with state standards, to one a committee of teachers liked better, Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt Collections.

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On a sunny afternoon at the Florida State College at Jacksonville South Campus Nick Harding is sitting on a bench outside.

Harding is a student at FSCJ. It's his first semester of college...and he’s also just filed candidacy to run for the Duval County School Board.

 


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