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The Duval County Public Schools district has announced the five finalists for VyStar Duval County Teacher Of the Year after starting with 175 nominees.

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Jacksonville stay-at-home mom of three, Whitney Touchton will soon spend almost the next half-year of her life in an intensive leadership program aimed at school parents and caregivers.

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Four of the six candidates running for Duval County’s District 4 School Board seat participated in a forum Monday evening at the Johnson Family YMCA on Cleveland Road.

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Duval County poll respondents said good, effective teachers are important to them when sending their child off to a school and they feel teachers starting off are being paid nearly $10,000 too little.

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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.

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Twenty Duval County teachers have won a $500 PowerUp Jax innovation grant for their project proposals.  And one of those teachers will get a bit of extra money, based on public sentiment.

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

The survey of more than 500 people was conducted in early November at the Public Opinion Research Lab at the University of North Florida.  


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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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The Jacksonville Public Education Fund is hosting a discussion Tuesday evening to talk about student mental health and well-being.

The ONE by ONE Community Forum will start with an expert panel discussion of new strategies for working with at-risk students and preventing problems like bullying and suicide.

Then, moderator Pam Paul says, the floor will be opened up for discussion.

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.

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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 Jacksonville Public Education Fund’s first ever public opinion survey finds there’s a lot of community support for where the Duval County school system is headed.

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89.9 WJCT is participating in the American Graduate project supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  The goal of American Graduate is to reverse the national drop out crisis by identifying and then addressing the factors that cause students to leave school early.

“Carla McIntosh.  I am the area director for youth programs, Community Connections.