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Florida Education Commissioner Manny Diaz Jr. spoke with freshmen and sophomores at Raines High School on Friday, April 12, 2024, about opportunities through the state's Bright Futures Scholarship Program. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
April 15, 2024

Education chief visits Raines to tout Bright Futures scholarships

Florida Education Commissioner Manny Diaz Jr. wants to ensure that students know their options for attending college.…

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Atlantic Beach city commissioners approved a resolution Monday urging Duval County Schools to keep Atlantic Beach Elementary School open. | News 4 Jax
April 9, 2024

Leaders fight possible closure of Atlantic Beach Elementary

Duval County Public Schools is considering a recommendation to close 37 schools across the county.…

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A JTA electric bus.
April 8, 2024

JTA proving to be an alternative to school buses

The My Ride to School program has exceeded expections as Duval Schools wrestles with transportation costs.…

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R.V. Daniels has served students in the Grand Park neighborhood since 1964. The Duval County Public Schools board moved to close the school following the 2024-25 academic year. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
April 2, 2024

Duval consolidates 2 elementary schools, but gives parents extra year to prepare

R.V. Daniels Elementary in Northwest Jacksonville will be consolidated with R.L. Brown Gifted and Talented Academy after the 2024-25 school…

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Gov. Ron DeSantis signed shows HB 3, the social media restrictions he signed Monday, March 25, 2024, at Cornerstone Classical Academy in Jacksonville. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
March 25, 2024

DeSantis comes to Jacksonville to sign social media limits on kids

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed HB3 at Cornerstone Classical Academy, banning children younger than 14 from having social media accounts.…

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Duval County School Board member April Carney speaks during a news conference Monday, March 25, 2024, with Gov. Ron DeSantis. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
March 25, 2024

Cellphones could be banned for Duval students

School Board member April Carney said she will propose a ban on cellphone use during the school day so students…

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March 18, 2024

Duval resumes search for school superintendent

The district hopes to interview finalists for the position in mid-May with a decision made during a special board meeting…

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Then-General Counsel Jason Teal sets up proposed maps at a redistricting meeting after a federal court ordered the Jacksonville City Council to redraw its district maps. | Andrew Pantazi, The Tributary
March 4, 2024

Judge won’t order special election for gerrymandered Duval School Board

School Board members Darryl Willie and Charlotte Joyce will keep their positions without a new election this year.…

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The Duval County Public Schools administration building, with a bronze statue of children reading in front of it. | Claire Heddles, Jacksonville Today
February 22, 2024

Enrolling in Duval County Public Schools | JAX TODAY GUIDE 2024

If you’re looking to enroll a first-time student in Duval Schools or switch schools for this coming fall, a Feb.…

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Bob Gualtieri is the Pinellas County sheriff. He also served chairman of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission, which was created to investigate the shooting spree that killed 17 staff and students in Parkland in February 2018. | Screenshot, Duval County Public Schools
February 21, 2024

How to avoid the next school shooting: Duval gets some advice

Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, chairman of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas commission, said shootings happen most often in places you don’t…

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Laura Bowes, an executive director in the Duval County Public Schools Division of Schools, explains to parents and stakeholders at R.L. Brown Gifted and Talented Academy that the district's staff plans to recommend that R.V. Daniels Elementary in Grand Park be merged with R.L. Brown at the end of this academic year. She spoke during a meeting Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
February 16, 2024

Duval wants to consolidate two gifted schools

School district staff will recommend consolidating R.V. Daniels Elementary School with R.L. Brown Gifted and Talented Academy.…

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Children at Richard Lewis Brown Academy smile as they get ready for a podcast session l William Jackson
February 14, 2024

Eastside children open their hearts through podcasting

A new podcast at Richard Lewis Brown Academy has given children a chance to express themselves to a wide audience…

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About 30 people attended a community forum last September at Raines High School to aid in the search for a new schools superintendent. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
February 13, 2024

Duval hopes to hire schools superintendent by July

The Duval School Board suspended its search for a superintendent in October due to a shortage of qualified applicants. The…

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The Duval County Courthouse. | Jacksonville Daily Record
February 12, 2024

Former Jacksonville teacher could lose license over Black Lives Matter flag

Amy Donofrio displayed a Black Lives Matter flag at Riverside High School and anti-Confederacy face masks.…

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Courtney Brown is a senior flag football player at Stanton College Prep who was named 'most athletic' by her peers in the senior class. She plays flag football and soccer for the Blue Devils. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
February 9, 2024

Flag football booming as Jaguars invest in girls sports

Every public high school in Duval County fields a flag football team, and Florida is one of seven states with…

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February 7, 2024

OPINION | Jacksonville Classical Academy changes course after learning lessons

Jacksonville Classical Academy charter school has pivoted in its approach in the three years since founder John Rood opened it…

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The Duval County Public Schools administration building, with a bronze statue of children reading in front of it. | Claire Heddles, Jacksonville Today
February 5, 2024

Duval parents groups file no objections to textbooks

Moms for Liberty and the Public School Defenders both reviewed science and social studies textbooks approved by Duval County Public…

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The late Mary Ella Sams, left, helps Akira Roberson put on her graduation gown on May 23, 2023. Roberson was among 7.052 Duval County Public Schools students who graduated in the 2022-23 academic year. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
January 24, 2024

Graduation rates hit record highs across First Coast

In Duval County, 87.2% of students graduated in the 2022-23 academic year, the highest percentage in a nonpandemic year.…

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Englewood Elementary Principal Hope Tepper speaks with parents during a working group meeting Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024, inside the media center at Spring Park Elementary. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
January 17, 2024

Spring Park and Englewood communities seek clarity on school renovations

Some parents remain concerned about the size of the rebuilt Englewood and Spring Park elementary schools as well as who…

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These are some of the 22,500 books that Firestorm Books says were removed from Duval schools. | Firestorm Books
January 5, 2024

Bookseller says it’s giving away books removed from Duval schools

Firestorm Books of Asheville, North Carolina, says it obtained more than 22,000 books that had been removed from Duval County…

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December 13, 2023

New grades set baseline for schools; St. Johns ranks 2nd in Florida

Though the two scores are not apples-to-apples comparisons, all five Northeast Florida school districts earned the same grade they had…

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School buses are lined for the start of school in Duval County Public Schools. | News4Jax
November 8, 2023

Duval Schools aims to reduce bus delays

The school district will not renew its contract with Student Transportation of America, which encountered a severe shortgage of drivers.…

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The Duval teachers union building. | News4Jax
November 1, 2023

Duval teachers union appoints new leaders after resignations

The selection of a new president and vice president comes after the FBI visited the Duval Teachers Union office in…

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Duval Teachers United President Terrie Brady speaks with School Board members in an image from 2017. | Duval County Public Schools
October 31, 2023

Duval teachers union leader retires abruptly

Teresa Brady served as president of Duval Teachers United for more than 20 years. A replacement is scheduled to be…