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Duval Schools cancels youth risk survey after state’s complaint

Published on February 13, 2023 at 9:39 am

The controversial federally funded Youth Risk Behavioral Survey for 2023, which was about to get underway in Duval County Public Schools, has been canceled at the urging of the state Department of Education.

Local parents had already complained about the survey, which they said asked young students inappropriate questions about sex and other topics.

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The district received a letter Friday from Commissioner of Education Manny Diaz Jr. expressing “grave concerns” that, despite the state withdrawing from the survey program last year, the Duval district was to continue it in 2023 under the last year of a contract with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Parents can opt their children out from taking the survey.

Read the rest of this story at the Florida Times-Union, a Jacksonville Today news partner.


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Randy comes to Jacksonville from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, where as metro editor, he led investigative coverage of the Parkland school shooting that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for public service. He has spent more than 40 years in reporting and editing positions in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio and Florida. 

author image Senior News Editor

Randy comes to Jacksonville from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, where as metro editor, he led investigative coverage of the Parkland school shooting that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for public service. He has spent more than 40 years in reporting and editing positions in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio and Florida. 


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