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Christopher Bernier (far right) speaks with attendees of a meet-and-greet at EverBank Stadium in mid-May. | Megan Mallicoat, Jacksonville Today
May 21, 2024

Duval superintendent candidate shocked previous district with resignation

Questions remain about Christopher Bernier’s sudden departure from Lee County as he vies to be Duval superintendent.…

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May 13, 2024

Superintendent hopefuls answer questions from School Board, parents 

A public meet-and-greet capped off a day when superintendent hopefuls talked with the School Board and community stakeholders.…

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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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Some of the district’s school transportation contracts are up for negotiation this year, pushing the district to look at ways to cut costs.
July 5, 2023

Duval considers cutting magnet school bus routes, other cost-saving options

To cut costs, Duval is combining a two magnet school bus routes and might end routes with low ridership. Bigger…

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Duval Schools HQ
July 5, 2023

OPINION | Better late than never for Duval Schools + City budget bewilderment 

Mike Clark reacts to progress in school administration and also what doesn’t make sense to him about this time of…

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Media specialists pulled dozens of boxes of old, outdated or objectionable library materials from Duval County school libraries this year.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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Douglas Anderson School of the Arts
April 20, 2023

Records detail years of misconduct by Douglas Anderson teacher

The School Board Chair is convening a special meeting after records show other substantiated complaints against teacher Jeffrey Clayton.…

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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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Douglas Anderson School of the Arts
April 12, 2023

Facing 2 lawsuit threats, Duval Schools to hire outside attorney in Douglas Anderson scandal

Duval has received notice from two law firms about potential lawsuits over misconduct allegations at Douglas Anderson School of the…

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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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Parents rallied ahead of a December school board meeting over the district's months long review of books from the Essential Voices classroom library collection.
March 8, 2023

Duval Schools book-review supervisor, who called gay characters ‘contrary to the design of humanity,’ is resigning

The supervisor’s departure comes as Duval Schools has received national scrutiny for its book review process.…

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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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Ami Polonsky, author of "Gracefully Grayson," spoke during a rally ahead of the Dec. 6th 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.
January 4, 2023

OPINION | The lie of invisibility

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

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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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Duval Schools Superintendent Diana Greene presents proposed changes during an October 18th, 2022, School Board workshop. | Jax Today
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…

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Duval Schools Superintendent Diana Greene presents proposed changes during an October 18th, 2022, School Board workshop. | Jax Today
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…

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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…

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Incumbent Elizabeth Andersen (left) and challenger April Carney (right) take part in a town hall forum hosted by Beaches Watch on Aug. 3. | Raymon Troncoso
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…

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The Duval Schools administration building. | Claire Heddles, Jacksonville Today
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…

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All five Jacksonville sheriff's candidates joined a forum at the Istanbul Center on Wednesday, July 20, 2022.
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’…

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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.…