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Things you should know about School Advisory Councils

It's my first year serving as a parent member of Merrill Road Elementary School Advisory Council (SAC). As the school year begins to slowly wind down, I reflect on how much I've learned by being an active participant. I'd like to share things that you should know about SACs.

Learn about the SAC's role and why you should get involved.

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Discovering Mayport Elementary with community members and partners

Principal DiMattia and her school administration has done such an amazing job with effective partnerships with organizations such as Blessings in a Backpack, Surf Riders, Cathedral Arts Project who are an essential part of the school's success. 

Continue reading to learn more about upcoming Discover Duval School visits. 

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ONE by ONE, School by School upcoming volunteer opportunities

Thinking about volunteering with your favorite organization? May it be mentoring youth, reading to Pre-K students or participating in career day. There are plenty of volunteer options with the Jacksonville Public Education Fund newest initiative titled ONE by ONE, School By School.

Continue reading to learn more about how you can get involved.

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Five questions you're asking about school accountability

After many long discussions throughout the state about school accountability, Gov. Rick Scott signed HB 7069 into law this week, a sweeping measure that tackles some of the thorny issues that have arisen from this year's transition to the new Florida Standards.

But there is still a lot we don't know for sure about the transition and how it will play out over the next year. Here are five questions we've been hearing from community members about the impact of the new law -- and three more questions we think should be asked.

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District, KIPP receive state grant to improve collaboration

The Duval County School Board approved Tuesday a $3.8 million grant from the Florida Department of Education to improve collaboration between traditional public schools and the KIPP Jacksonville charter school network.

Continue reading to learn more about this beneficial collaboration.

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