Category: Viewpoint

Duval Dialogue – Don’t Escape Daily Life — Tackle it!  

May 20, 2020 – As Mental Health Awareness Month continues and I reflect on how we can live our best lives, I am drawn to the topic of substance abuse.   No, I don’t’ have any “just say no” or “this is your brain on drugs” messages. I am interested in starting a larger dialogue about why some of us may turn to […]

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Duval Dialogue – Get a Good Night’s Sleep

May 11, 2020 –Not getting enough rest is a major culprit causing low energy or moodiness. Studies show that people limited to four to five hours of sleep experienced anger, sadness, and stress, which were all significantly reduced when they returned to the recommended seven to nine hours.  If you’re thinking, “That’s not me! I go […]

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Radical self-acceptance – Dr. Greene shares message of encouragement with Duval families

May 8, 2020 – (Note: Below is a message of encouragement from Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene to Team Duval families. It was originally shared via email to families on May 7.) Dear Families, Our Facebook community wasn’t very pleased with us last week. Our followers vigorously shared their disagreement when we announced the district would […]

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Duval Dialogue – Get Your Daily Endorphins

May 4, 2020 –During May, we’re celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month by focusing our Duval Dialogue on topics that promote ways we can be healthy, strong and vibrant in all areas of our life.    For example, fitness and nutrition may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about mental health. But eating […]

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Duval Dialogue – Taking Time to Unwind

April 28, 2020 – Last week we covered how to follow the advice of Katrina Taylor, Director of Schools Behavioral Health, when it comes to staying socially connected. But in addition to the quality time we spend with others, we should also invest in quality time with ourselves.   I spent two years in a mission community […]

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Duval Dialogue – Maintaining Social Connectedness

April 20, 2020 – Earlier this month, we learned from Katrina Taylor – Director of Schools Behavioral Health – that combating this pandemic is more than just an external fight. It is internal as well. The same care and vigilance we take with social distancing, and using gloves and masks to protect our bodies, we […]

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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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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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Board Chair – Let the voters decide on a sales tax for schools

Two years ago, the Duval County School Board began a public process to fix dilapidated schools, many of which have served well past their expected building lives. Duval Schools Superintendent Diana Greene arrived last July and moved at a pace rarely seen in government. She and her team picked up right where our former superintendent, […]

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