Featured image for “OPINION | The lie of invisibility”
January 4, 2023

OPINION | The lie of invisibility

Banning books eliminates an opportunity for students to expand beyond their own surroundings and worldview.

Read More
Featured image for “Duval Schools to keep 73 ‘diverse, inclusive’ books out of classrooms”
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 the result of an ongoing review after the district pulled almost 200 books this spring while the Florida Legislature passed limits on what teachers can say about race, gender and sexual orientation in classrooms and set new rules for purchasing

Read More
Featured image for “OPINION | The education of Diana Greene”
December 4, 2022

OPINION | The education of Diana Greene

Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Diana Greene is nearing half a decade in her position, a remarkable feat. Greene, who was honored as Florida’s Superintendent of the Year last year, is nearing the 21st century tenure record of Ed Pratt-Dannals, who also had roughly five years as supe.  She has a ways to go before she matches superintendents of the

Read More
Featured image for “Condom demo policy approved; more sex ed changes coming in Duval”
November 1, 2022

Condom demo policy approved; more sex ed changes coming in Duval

The Duval County school district has published new, proposed sex education materials ahead of a public vote next month. The new textbooks would replace longstanding middle- and high-school sex-ed curricula in response to new Florida laws and outcry from some local parents against the former curricula’s California-based publishing company.  Critics of the plan fear throwing out the former curricula could

Read More
Featured image for “OPINION | Advocating for humanity is not indoctrination”
August 24, 2022

OPINION | Advocating for humanity is not indoctrination

As humans, we have an average of 6,000 thoughts per day. We are also flooded with as much as 34 GB of information a day.  These messages worm their way into our consciousness, settle into our subconscious and form our thought patterns. These thoughts shape our perspective and mold our world view. They create deep narratives tied to how we

Read More
Featured image for “AUG. 23 VOTER GUIDE: Duval School Board District 2”
August 4, 2022

AUG. 23 VOTER GUIDE: Duval School Board District 2

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

Read More
Featured image for “AUG. 23 VOTER GUIDE: Property tax increase for Duval Schools”
August 3, 2022

AUG. 23 VOTER GUIDE: Property tax increase for Duval Schools

The Duval County School Board is asking property owners to pitch in more for public schools. All Duval voters are eligible to cast a ballot in the August referendum. What’s on the ballot The ballot asks voters to tick yes or no on whether the school district should “levy an ad valorem operating millage of 1 mill annually to attract

Read More
Featured image for “AUG. 23 VOTER GUIDE: Jacksonville Sheriff”
July 24, 2022

AUG. 23 VOTER GUIDE: Jacksonville Sheriff

Five candidates – four Democrats and one Republican – are vying to fill the Jacksonville sheriff’s seat, following Mike Williams’ resignation earlier this summer. All Duval voters can vote in the August sheriff’s race, regardless of party affiliation. Meet the candidates  Candidates are in alphabetical order; photos and answers are from the first public forum with all five candidates, sponsored

Read More
Featured image for “OPINION | Teachers should make a life, not just a living”
March 7, 2022

OPINION | Teachers should make a life, not just a living

My mother was a public high school teacher for 33 years. She worked at Bloom High School in Chicago Heights. As a child, I attended a Catholic school from kindergarten through 6th grade. Between the ages of 5 and 8, when school was over, I either stayed in the school-run after-care program, was bused to an after-school program focused on

Read More