Brittany Jones

Raines, Ribault face off in Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp’s historic nod to history

Feb. 14, 2020- It was a dream come true for Raines and Ribault high school students as they faced off in the inaugural High School Heritage Classic. Raines Vikings senior, Malcolm Jones said this game was special, and he is thankful his ancestors paved the way for him to play baseball. “It’s a real honor […]

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James Weldon Johnson unveils new mural honoring civil rights activist, Black National Anthem

  Feb. 12, 2020 – Tuesday evening, dozens gathered at James Weldon Johnson College Preparatory Middle School to celebrate the unveiling of a new school mural honoring the iconic civil rights leader who serves as the school’s namesake. The complete mural includes a portrait of Johnson as well as the lyrics to “Lift Ev’ry Voice […]

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District has “exemplary” rating in teaching African American history; Task force created to ensure it stays that way

February 10, 2020- For the last three years, Duval County Public Schools has been recognized for its exemplary distinction under the state’s African American History legislation. While the state recently commemorated its 25th year of the legislation, Duval County is vying to remain on the list with nine other school districts that have earned this distinction for their commitment to African […]

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Five Duval magnet schools nationally recognized for outstanding magnet programs

Feb. 7, 2020– Congratulations to five district magnet schools earning national recognition for their outstanding magnet programs. John E. Ford English and Spanish Montessori, LaVilla School of the Arts, Paxon School for Advanced Studies, Spring Park Elementary and Stanton College Preparatory have all been awarded the prestigious “School of Distinction Merit Award” from the Magnet Schools […]

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Making history come alive; Highlights of teaching black history within Team Duval

Making history come alive: highlights of teaching Black History within Team Duval

Jan. 31, 2020– Duval County Public Schools recognizes and celebrates black history throughout the year. As we embark on the month of February when black history is recognized nationally, the district is showcasing how Black History is coming alive in the classroom. This includes a host of events throughout the district such as Black History […]

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Kate Fulginiti, Duval County Assistant Principal of the Year

Jan. 16, 2020 – Matthew Gilbert Middle School’s Kate Fulginiti has been the assistant principal for five years, and through her hard work and dedication, she now holds the title of Duval County’s 2020 Assistant Principal of the Year.  “Absolutely excited, but totally surprised,” said Fulginiti. “There are a ton of fully–qualified people that are just as deserving, […]

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LaWanda Polydore, Duval County Principal of the Year

Jan. 16, 2020 –“Someone has to do it. Someone has to get in there and say, ‘I’m going to take care of the children.’” For Principal LaWanda Polydore, the “why” behind her work is simple – to empower her students to be the best they can be, even in spite of their circumstances. “My students […]

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School leadership should determine superintendent, not politics, says school board member

Note: The below appeared as a guest column by school board member, Lori Hershey in the Florida Times Union on October 27, 2019. To view the article in the original publication, click here. While two small Florida counties progress toward better, more effective government, some of Jacksonville’s elected leadership want to set Duval back 50 […]

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School board adopts resolution to bring awareness to human trafficking

The human trafficking resolution was adopted by the Duval County School Board on Tuesday January 7, 2020, during their monthly board meeting.  A RESOLUTION OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF DUVAL COUNTY, FLORIDA, WHEREAS, the School Board of Duval County, Florida (the “School Board”), consisting of seven elected Florida Constitutional Officers, is the governing body for […]

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Duval Schools hosts documentary screening to gain support for low performing schools

Jan. 6, 2020- It’s Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene’s priority to make sure every school within the district is excelling academically, and for each student to know they are loved. “It’s simple. We have to love them with all of the challenges that they bring. We have to love them even when it seems like they’re not loving us back. We still […]

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