Tag: Mary Beth Jackson

Prosecutions over books urged, IDEA moving into Duval, DeSantis’ agenda faces challenges and more

Prosecution over books urged: A conservative group that’s been pushing for school districts to remove books that include explicit sex scenes or LGBTQ relationships is now asking the state attorney general to prosecute schools that make those materials available…

Charter school expansion: A prominent nonprofit charter school company has announced that it plans to open four schools in Jacksonville in 2022. Texas-based IDEA Public Schools said the schools will educate about 900 students, most of whom are minorities and qualify for free school meals. No locations were named…

The DeSantis agenda: Gov. Ron DeSantis has laid out an ambitious agenda, especially on educational matters, including higher starting teacher pay, a change in the way bonuses are given to educators, increasing funding of mental health services for students, and improving security in schools. But there are questions about how much of that agenda can get through the Legislature, even though it’s dominated by his fellow Republicans. Many prominent lawmakers question where the money is coming from to pay for all these initiatives and others…

Schools’ anti-drug campaign, management vote, tax vote, educators honored, logistics school and more

Anti-drug campaign: Florida first lady Casey DeSantis has announced a campaign starting in schools to fight substance abuse by children. The campaign, called “The Facts. Your Future.”, will present scientific information about vaping, opioids and more and offer personal stories from people who have been affected by drug abuse. Just telling students to say no isn’t enough, DeSantis said…

WLRN vote postponed: The Miami-Dade County School Board has delayed making a decision about hiring a manager for the WLRN radio and television stations. District spokeswoman Daisy Gonzalez-Diego said the delay is meant to give the district time “to exercise all due diligence.” The district recommended that the board award the management contract to South Florida PBS…

Tax vote opinion: When asked in October by the Jacksonville City Council to give an opinion on whether the Duval County School Board could sue the council to force it to place a school tax referendum on the ballot, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody responded two weeks later, on Nov. 4, by declining because of “pending litigation.” But school officials said they only found out about Moody’s response this week…