More Duval students could take JTA city buses to school

Will Brown

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority may be one of the solutions to Duval County’s school bus driver shortage. Later this month, the JTA board of directors will vote on a proposal to formally expand and make permanent the My Ride 2 School program, which provides free fare to Duval County middle and high school students. The program launched as a pilot …

Opinion: Short on the things we need

Nikesha Elise Williams

Monday morning marks back-to-school time for my son along with thousands of other Duval County students. In preparation, I have been keeping my eyes and ears tuned to the news of the bus driver and teacher shortages.  I’ve checked the database to see how this will affect my son. (At the time of this writing, he’s been assigned a teacher …

Duval School Board District 6 candidates Tanya Hardaker (L) and Charlotte Joyce (R).

AUG. 23 VOTER GUIDE: Duval School Board District 6

Claire Heddles

Challenger Tanya Hardaker and incumbent Charlotte Joyce are facing off to represent District 6 on the Duval County School Board. Because there are only two candidates, the August primary will determine the outcome. District 6 covers most of southwest Duval County, including Argyle Forest, Avondale and Riverside. It’s a nonpartisan race, which means all District 6 voters will be able …

Duval Schools administration building

#AskJAXTDY: Will the proposed property tax for schools compound each year?

Claire Heddles

The Jacksonville Today team is answering your voting questions ahead of the August 23rd primaries. A hot topic? The Duval Schools referendum to increase property taxes by 1 mill to increase teacher pay and boost sports and arts programs.  In Jacksonville Today’s voter guide on the proposal, we explained how schools are funded, and who’s for and against the referendum. …

6 Jacksonville day trips

Ennis Davis and Bill Delaney

There’s a lot to do in the Jacksonville area, and even more within a short drive. With summer winding down, here’s a look at six places with authentic charm that make for great day trips from Jacksonville. Alexander Springs One of the most underrated things about Florida is its abundance of natural springs. Jacksonville is within a one- to two-hour …

AUG. 23 VOTER GUIDE: Duval School Board District 2

Raymon Troncoso

Two candidates are running in Duval County School Board District 2, a non-partisan race. The August race, which would normally serve as a “jungle primary” to narrow the field, will decide who takes the seat. The district covers the Beaches portion of Duval County. Meet the candidates  Candidates are presented in alphabetical order; answers are from the candidate forum hosted …

Florida House District 14 candidates Garrett Dennis, Iris Hinton and Mincy Pollock (left to right) at a forum on August 2. The fourth candidate, Kimberly Daniels, was unable to attend.

AUG. 23 VOTER GUIDE: Florida House District 14

Claire Heddles

Four Democrats are on the August ballot for the newly drawn state House District 14. The previous District 14 was represented by Democrat Angie Nixon, who is now running in District 13 after the Florida Legislature’s redistricting. The race is closed, meaning only voters registered as Democrats can cast a ballot. That’s because of a last-minute, write-in candidate filing from …

Opinion: For candidates, public scrutiny is part of the process

Rob Bradley

The primary season in Florida politics is always brutal. Because primaries involve battles between members of the same political party, or a nonpartisan race, there usually aren’t many policy differences among the choices. Therefore, candidates seek to differentiate themselves in other ways, often pointing to the alleged personal failings of their opponent. It can get ugly. Add in the fact …