Mother plans to sue school, Duval County school district & principal over alleged racial discrimination
The mother of a student at Jacksonville’s Mandarin Middle School announced she will sue Duval County Public Schools, MMS’s principal, and its dean over a series of alleged incidents of racial discrimination and retaliation.
Some Duval County teachers are being ‘surplused.’ Here’s what that means.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – This week, Duval County Public Schools teachers will find out if they will have to move to other classrooms or switch to a different school to balance enrollment issues within local schools. In an interview Monday on The Morning Show, Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene explained those assignments are being decided this week. Fortunately, she said, the school district will not have to lay off any teachers even as enrollment challenges crop up during the coronavirus pandemic. “That way we don’t have classrooms with nine students and the classroom across from it has 17 or 18. “We will be transferring teachers, or as we call it, ‘surplusing’ teachers," the superintendent said.
Duval superintendent: District must be ready if some teachers don’t want to return this fall
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A national poll published by USA Today this week found that 20% of teachers said they are unlikely to go back to school if their classrooms reopen in the fall. That could mean more than 1,500 Duval County teachers might not come back, if the USA Today survey results come to fruition. Terrie Brady, President of Duval Teachers United, said Thursday she doesn’t think there will be that kind of mass exodus of teachers leaving if the district chooses to reopen campuses. The USA Today poll also found that nearly two-thirds of teachers said they haven’t been able to properly do their jobs since most instruction was moved online. A separate USA Today poll of parents with at least one child in grades K-12 found that 6 in 10 would likely explore at-home learning options.
Duval superintendent: Traditional graduation ceremonies still planned — for now
I’ll never forget the sacrifices you are making to protect the health and safety of many others.”High school seniors said the announcement gives them hope. Graduating from Mandarin High School is something Aaliyah Rocourt and Daizha Brown have looked forward to for years. At least one other school district in Northeast Florida has already decided to cancel traditional graduations. The St. Johns County School District said it is pursuing a virtual option for graduations to be done before the end of May. The Nassau County School District told News4Jax last week that it was still looking at different options for graduations.
Duval superintendent lays out ambitious plan for remote learning
Following the announcement, DCPS announced plans to deploy a new home education program starting on Monday — Duval HomeRoom. The district will also use the same bus drivers to help deliver school lunches to students in need. “Saturday and Sunday, we will endeavor to close the technology gap with delivery of laptops and air cards to high school and middle school students who need them. Monday will be an orientation to online learning day and a day for the district to assess where they are with student connectivity. The one thing the remote plan doesn’t address is how parents can supervise their children during the day.