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Duval County School Board Chair Kelly Coker discusses the board's decision to suspend its superintendent search on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
October 18, 2023

Duval School Board suspends superintendent search

The School Board said it was disappointed that only 10 people applied for the position. The search will resume later.…

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Duval County School Board member Darryl Willie reviews the qualifications for superintendent that the board will consider this fall. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
October 17, 2023

Introducing the applicants for Duval schools superintendent

Here’s a rundown on the 10 candidates for Duval County Schools superintendent. The School Board will consider them Wednesday.…

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Raines offensive tackle Soloman Thomas, right, jokes with Ribault quarterback Timothy Cole after the 54th Northwest Classic. Raines dominated its rival Ribault in the 54th Northwest Classic on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023. The Vikings lead the all-time series 40-14. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
October 16, 2023

PHOTO ESSAY | Northwest Classic maintains community feel at temporary location

The location may have been different, but Jacksonville’s 54th annual Northwest Classic football game, on Saturday, Oct. 14, maintained its…

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Duval County third graders have reading proficiency scores below the statewide average and below Florida's six, large, urban school districts. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
October 4, 2023

Duval’s next superintendent must help spell out literacy solutions

In the most recent academic year, just 46% of Duval County third-graders were proficient at reading.…

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Andrea Messina is the CEO of the Florida School Boards Association that is helping Duval County Public Schools faciliate its superintendent search. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
September 12, 2023

Duval School Board hears how parents answered superintendent search survey

Duval County Public Schools will have a new, permanent, superintendent by January. The Duval County School Board briefly considered delaying…

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September 6, 2023

Douglas Anderson teacher removed from classroom again

Corey Thayer, the school’s cinematic arts chair, was accused of inappropriate touching and removed from the classroom for the second…

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The Duval Schools administration building. | Claire Heddles, Jacksonville Today
August 30, 2023

Duval Schools will resume classes Friday

Duval Schools will remain closed Thursday. Clay County and St. Johns County schools plan to return to class.…

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Conservative advocacy group PragerU says teachers can now show the group's videos in class. Districts disagree.
August 25, 2023

Northeast Florida schools say teachers can’t show PragerU videos

Conservative advocacy group PragerU says Florida teachers can now show the group’s videos in class. Districts in Northeast Florida disagree.…

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A parent walks his child into orientation at R.V. Daniels Elementary School in Jacksonville on Friday, Aug. 11, 2023. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
August 16, 2023

William may need a form for his teacher to call him Bill

A new Florida law requires a parent’s permission for students to use alternative names and pronouns. In some districts, that…

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Florida School Boards Association presented a draft of a community survey to school board members in July.
August 15, 2023

Here’s how you can help Duval Schools pick its next superintendent

The school district will hold community meetings starting next week and will post a survey online to solicit the community’s…

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School buses are lined for the start of school in Duval County Public Schools. | News4Jax
August 14, 2023

School bus delays raise heat concerns

Duval County Public Schools sent a message to parents Sunday warning of “significant delays” on many of its bus routes…

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Alethea Butler has worked with Jennifer Smith, right, at The Giving Closet Project this summer to ensure more children on Jacksonville's Northside have access to clothes that fit ahead of the 2023-24 academic year. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
August 11, 2023

Jax nonprofits ensure students have the means to succeed

A number of organizations are making sure students in poorer neighborhoods have the equipment and supplies they need to start…

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The Jacksonville Transportation Authority and Preston Hollow Community Capital LLC propose building a new Duval County Public Schools headquarters in LaVilla. | Jacksonville Daily Record
August 9, 2023

Duval School Board hesitant on bids to move headquarters

Questions remain about the top two bids to move the school district’s administration building from the Downtown Southbank riverfront.…

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Schools are exploring alternatives for AP Psychology. | Pixabay, via WMFE
August 7, 2023

Duval and Clay Schools cancel AP Psychology class

Schools fear the class would violate a new state policy prohibiting instruction about sexual orientation and gender identity.…

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The Duval Schools administration building. | Claire Heddles, Jacksonville Today
August 6, 2023

Duval school district braces for 50% uptick in private school vouchers this year

Duval Schools loses state money for every student who drops out of district-run schools, putting a greater financial strain on…

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July 11, 2023

Duval School Board member will represent both district, conservative group in Tallahassee

Duval County School Board member April Carney will help the district lobby the Florida Legislature — that’s after some Board…

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Media specialists pulled dozens of boxes of old, outdated or objectionable library materials from Duval County school libraries this year.
June 4, 2023

Duval Schools doesn’t know what to do with unapproved books

Duval County Public Schools sent almost twice as many library books to its recycling plant this school year than it…

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Duval County Superintendent Diana Greene reviews her notes during a May 2, 2023 emergency school board meeting where she announced her resignation. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
May 23, 2023

Superintendent Diana Greene ends trailblazing Duval career under scrutiny

The Duval superintendent’s tenure ends amid criticism from both the political left and right, but she also won bipartisan support…

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The former guide (left) was replaced with new guidance on the district's website.
April 18, 2023

Duval Schools reverses trans restroom policy, no longer discourages ‘outing’ students in new LGBTQ+ support guide 

Students in Duval County Public Schools now must use restrooms and lockers in line with their sex assigned at birth…

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Mandarin Middle School is one of 67 schools without a certified media specialist.
April 5, 2023

Duval Schools face 20% vacancy in media specialists, the only staff who can approve books 

School librarians are a rarity in Duval, and 1-in-5 of the few remaining positions are vacant as the district faces…

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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 7, 2023

Most Florida school districts aren’t requiring teachers to hide classroom libraries. Duval is.

Duval Schools says media specialists have reviewed about 2,000 of the 1.6 million titles in the district.…

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The Duval Schools administration building. | Claire Heddles, Jacksonville Today
January 19, 2023

Enrolling your child in Duval County Public Schools | JAX TODAY GUIDE

If you’re looking to enroll a first-time student in Duval Schools for this coming fall, here’s what you need to…

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Ami Polonsky, author of "Gracefully Grayson," speaks during a rally ahead of the Dec. 6 Duval School Board meeting. The district ordered her book for fifth grade classrooms in 2021 but decided to send it back after a review process. | Claire Heddles, Jacksonville Today
December 22, 2022

Duval Schools to keep 73 ‘diverse, inclusive’ books out of classrooms

Dozens of books the Duval County school district ordered in the summer of 2021 will never hit classroom shelves. That’s…

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Mikynzi Alexander recites Useni Eugene Perkins' poem "Hey Black Child" during a ribbon cutting for Becoming Collegiate Academy. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
November 28, 2022

2 new Northwest Jacksonville schools mix HBCU culture with elementary curriculum

Mikynzi Alexander spoke with confidence as she recited Useni Eugene Perkins’ poem “Hey, Black Child” at her school’s ribbon-cutting last…