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July 19, 2023

OPINION | New African American history standards eschew context  

The prevailing narrative of Florida’s new social studies standards, and in our country writ large, is that Black Americans are not “real” Americans.

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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 and community members this week questioned her ability to represent both the district and conservative advocacy groups. On Monday, the School Board unanimously named her as an alternate to the Florida School Board Association’s legislative advocacy committee. The statewide body

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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 changes to school transportation could be on the horizon.

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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 a gargantuan book review challenge.

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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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December 8, 2022

Disagreements surface over the training of public school librarians in Florida

With a Jan. 1 deadline looming, a state Department of Education workgroup is crafting a training that all school-library workers must use in selecting books and other materials. But tension has simmered because some members of the panel don’t believe its recommendations go far enough. The group, which includes parents and school media specialists, was formed to carry out part

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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

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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 month.  Mikynzi is a first-grader at Becoming Collegiate Academy, where she learned the poem this fall, concluding with the lines:  Learn what you must learn Do what you can do And tomorrow your nation will be what you want it

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September 7, 2022

OPINION | The 7-hour solution for work-life balance

Why isn’t the school day as long as the work day?  That’s the thought that’s been running through my mind since my 7-year-old returned to the classroom last month. After three years of only creative entrepreneurship through writing and publishing, I returned to the workforce in a fully remote position in April of this year. The expected work hours are

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August 31, 2022

OPINION | Government can work. Here’s proof

Spend a lot of time browsing social media or watching Fox, CNN or MSNBC, and it would be easy to be cynical about the ability of government to succeed. There is a lot of negativity in our public discourse.  It’s time we take a look at what is working. Here in North Florida, there are examples of government doing its

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