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Vitti offered superintendency in Detroit

This evening, the Detroit Public Schools Community District voted to offer the job as their superintendent to Dr. Nikolai Vitti.

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New poll shows high community and parent confidence in public school teachers

The 2016-2017 Public Education Perceptions Poll is out today! What did we learn? Keep reading to find out and see how you can explore all of the data online.

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It's school choice season — these resources will help you get ready

undefinedIt's January, and that means parents all over Duval County are making plans for where their children — especially rising kindergarten, sixth grade and ninth grade students — will attend school next year. And with a state law taking effect next school year that creates open enrollment opportunities for all public school students, parents have even more options.

But what do parents and caregivers need to know as they start to decide what school they want their child to attend? Keep reading for some helpful tips from the Jacksonville Public Education Fund and the Duval County Council of PTAs.

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Five finalists announced for 2017 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year

Five exceptional public school educators were named finalists for the 2017 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year today. Keep reading to find out who they are!

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Semi-finalists named for 2017 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year

Fifteen outstanding public school teachers today were named semi-finalists for the 2017 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year. Keep reading to meet them all and find out how they will get special recognition at Saturday's Jaguars game!

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New graduation rates point to successes for Duval County's African-American and Hispanic students

Florida released public school graduation rates today, and Duval County rose from 76.6% to 78.8%. The increase included substantial gains among minority students. Keep reading for more details and information about how graduation rates are calculated.

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New school board members, leadership installed Tuesday

Tuesday marked the Duval County School Board’s annual organizational meeting, bringing leadership changes and the official installation of new board members.

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County Referendum 1 will sustain needed programs for children

After thoughtful and careful consideration of the issue, we join a variety of local nonprofit organizations, including the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, in encouraging voters to support the measure, and help address our community’s unfunded pension liability of more than $2.6 billion.

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Standards, testing and school grades: Understanding the changes

Florida's standards, testing and school grading system has changed a lot over the last two years. Here's what you need to know to better understand the changes.

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2016 school grades reveal progress, hope for more accurate future measurement
School grades for 2016 have been released and this means a new batch of information and interpretation coming from multiple sources. There are a lot of caveats you need to be aware of, including how we should not compare this year’s grades to last year’s, and how the calculation of school grades has…
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