DCPS students have a say in the district’s direction, thanks to newly resurrected group
Elijah Melendez-Eyster is a senior at Mandarin High School and part of the Jacksonville Association of Governing Students, or “JAGS,” a recently-rebooted initiative by Duval County Public Schools, aimed at providing students with a direct conduit to the highest offices in the district.
DCPS errs ‘on the side of caution’ in clearing schools of content condemned by DeSantis administration
Duval County Public Schools is performing a mass review of all classroom libraries and media centers throughout the district after the Florida Department of Education handed down directives parallel to new state law.
State drops child abuse charge against Ribault High School dean
News4JAX on Tuesday afternoon received a disposition notice from the State Attorney’s Office, indicating that the state will not seek charges against a Ribault High School dean that was arrested in a confrontation with a student in December.
DCPS custodian facing sexual battery charges now accused of impregnating student
A long-time custodian at Duval County Public Schools who is facing multiple charges including sexual battery on a child and kidnapping is now accused of impregnating a student while he was working at a Jacksonville school.
Bond hearing for DCPS custodian charged with sexual battery on child & kidnapping pushed to January
A bond hearing for Wayne Williams — a long-time custodian at Duval County Public Schools who is facing multiple charges including sexual battery on a child and kidnapping — has been pushed back to Jan. 12 at 10:30 a.m. due to the judge’s schedule.
JASMYN CEO addresses controversial Instagram post during Duval County School Board meeting
The CEO of JASMYN, a group that provides resources for the LGBTQ community, addressed the Duval County School Board during Tuesday’s meeting — following DCPS’ decision to end its decades-long services agreement with the organization.
File reveals new information in 3 previous investigations of DCPS custodian now facing sex charges
New records obtained Friday by News4JAX shed new light on why a former custodian for Duval County Public Schools, who was arrested in November on charges of capital sexual battery and kidnapping, was investigated at least three times while working for the district.
DCPS ends over 20-year relationship with LGBTQ advocacy group over ‘inappropriate’ materials
Duval County Public Schools ended its decades-long services agreement with JASMYN, an organization that provides resources for the LGBTQ community, citing the perceived use of materials deemed to be inappropriate for children.
Duval County School Board reviews refurbished sex education curriculum after pulling materials midyear
After abruptly postponing the legally required presentation of the district’s supplemental health curriculum in September, the Duval County School Board reviewed the new proposed plan for how the district will teach students about reproductive health and disease prevention.
No mandatory evacuations for Hurricane Ian, Jacksonville mayor says
After declaring a state of emergency for Duval County ahead of Hurricane Ian, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced Wednesday morning that based on the Category 4 storm’s current trajectory, he would NOT be issuing mandatory evacuation orders for the county.
‘It could possibly be a hybrid of Irma’: Duval County to declare state of emergency, close schools
Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry declared a state of emergency for Duval County and the activation of the Emergency Operations Center, effective at noon Wednesday, as Category 3 Hurricane Ian tracks toward Florida.
Family of student injured in deadly Raines football game shooting files federal lawsuit
The family of a student who was left with a “permanent total disability” after a shooting at a Raines High School football game in 2018 is taking its fight against former Duval County Public Schools police chief Micheal Edwards and the Duval County School Board to federal court.
Now that the property tax for Duval County Schools has passed, questions remain
It's still not clear when Duval County homeowners will get a higher tax bill to fund higher pay for teachers. Voters approved the property tax rate hike on Tuesday, but the details of when it will take effect are still not clear.
Duval teachers may not see benefits from tax referendum until next school year, property appraiser says
While Tuesday night represented a big win for supporters of Duval County’s property tax referendum to fund pay raises for teachers, it could be longer than expected before that revenue lands in teachers’ paychecks.
DCPS, former police chief respond to scathing report saying district underreported crimes
A spokesperson for Duval County Public Schools addressed the latest report from a Florida grand jury that accuses the former director of Duval County Public Schools’ Police Department of severely underreporting instances of crimes on school campuses over a four-year period.
Addressing school safety: Duval school police, staff underwent training ahead of new school year
In Duval County, staff at Mandarin High School held special drills this summer. The same drills were also held at Crown Point Elementary. They focused on how to reunite parents and children if there is a disaster, like an armed attacker.