Laureen Ricks

Alfred DuPont eighth-grader defies odds and disability to become district spelling bee champ

Feb. 4, 2020 – DUBIOUSLY! It’s the word that made Julius Graham the district’s spelling bee champ. The DuPont Middle eighth grader went head to head with the district’s top spellers over 15 rounds at the annual district spelling bee and came out on top after successfully spelling the four-syllable word. But while “DUBIOUSLY” earned […]

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Leena Hall-Young named 2020 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year

Press release below courtesy of Jacksonville Public Education Fund. Jan. 17, 2020 — Congratulations to Leena Hall-Young who was named the 2020 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year tonight at the 29th Annual EDDY Awards, hosted by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF). Hall-Young, a 10th-grade language arts teacher at Raines High School, […]

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Duval County Public School System Receives 2019 Values Driven Award of Excellence

JACKSONVILLE, FL, Jan. 15, 2020 – Being bold. Standing up for learners. Dreaming big. These are among the qualities Duval County Public Schools was recognized for exemplifying as a recipient of the Cognia 2019 Values Driven Award of Excellence. The prestigious award was presented to Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene on Wednesday during a conference held […]

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Duval graduation rate continues historic rise

Jan. 9, 2020 – For the sixth consecutive year, Duval County Public Schools has earned its highest federal graduation rate in the district’s history.  Approximately 86.5% of our students are graduating. This is an increase of 1.4 percentage points over last year, and over 28 percentage points in the last 10 years.   This makes Duval County the leader in graduation improvement among […]

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New teacher internship program to 'jumpstart' teaching careers, address teacher shortage

New teacher internship program to ‘jumpstart’ teaching careers, address teacher shortage

Oct. 16, 2019 – Continuing in its commitment to recruit and equip great educators and address the national teacher shortage, Duval County Public Schools is launching Jumpstart 2.0, an intensive, paid teacher internship program. The six-week internship is designed for individuals who have a desire to teach and a statement of eligibility from the Florida […]

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School Board Approves Resolution Expressing Opposition to ‘Elected Superintendent’ Local Bill J-1

The last time Duval County had an elected superintendent, the school district lost accreditation. This was one of several points outlined in the Duval County Public School Board’s resolution to express its opposition to Local Bill J-1. The bill proposes to convert the position of the school district’s superintendent from an appointed one to an […]

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Students strengthen literacy skills through SAIL summer camp

– Summertime proved to be the season for hundreds of Duval County Public Schools students to sharpen their skills and get ahead in time for the new school year! Four DCPS schools hosted the SAIL (Supporting Academics and Igniting Learning) Summer Camp, which is part of a 3-year pilot program and collaboration between DCPS, the […]

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Raines students gain new perspectives

Costa Rica provides new perspectives for Raines’ students

July 3, 2018 – Seeing Costa Rican school children thrust their arms out of windows to excitedly wave hello was an eye-opening experience for Raines High School students Dana Adams, Le’Shonte’a Ethridge, and recent graduate Joshua McAfee. The three were among 17 DCPS students who spent the first two weeks of June in Costa Rica […]

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Schools gain 14 points, close in on "A" grade

Schools gain 14 points, close in on “A” grade

June 27, 2018 – Duval County Public Schools inched ever closer to becoming an “A”-graded school district this year, gaining 14 overall points compared to last year. With these gains, Duval remains a “B” district but is just one percentage point away from “A” status. “We continue to improve and move forward,” said Superintendent Dr. […]

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Duval students make a splash at international underwater robotics competition

Duval students make a splash at international underwater robotics competition

June 27, 2018 – “Little sharks doing big things.” It’s how members of Mayport Coastal Sciences Middle School’s “Team Megasharks” are describing their recent victories at the 2018 International SeaPerch Challenge, held earlier this month at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. The four-student team outperformed students from around the world, placing in multiple categories – […]

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