Tag: Becki Couch

A.G. GancarskiApril 21, 2017

The Duval County School Board moved Friday toward transition from the superintendency of Nikolai Vitti, who is moving on to Detroit. In a special board meeting Friday morning in a mostly empty chambers, the board discussed next steps … even as reliable sources say that Gov. Rick Scott would like to see Clay County Superintendent Addison Davis (Vitti’s […]

A.G. GancarskiMarch 22, 2017

Before Wednesday’s meeting of the Duval County School Board, Chair Paula Wright cautioned that “no news” would come out of the conclave. However, with the real possibility that Superintendent Nikolai Vitti may leave Jacksonville for Detroit, a city “in his DNA,” the board needed to have a sunshine discussion to discuss next steps. Notable: Vitti was absent, […]

A.G. GancarskiSeptember 23, 2016

For the Duval County School Board, the slogan might be “wake me when September ends.” Earlier in the month, the board evaluated Superintendent Nikolai Vitti, deeming him “effective,” even though below the surface questions loomed about widening achievement gaps inside demographic categories of the student population. From there, board chair Ashley Smith-Juarez, according to Vitti, scheduled a meeting […]

A.G. GancarskiMay 12, 2016

Eric Smith, a Jacksonville Democrat and City Council mainstay of the 20th century, told the Florida Times-Union he would run in Congressional District 4. Smith, a three-term state legislator, told the Times-Union Thursday that “no party should own a congressional district and nobody should be sent to Washington because of their party affiliation.” Smith, who last served […]

A.G. GancarskiJuly 13, 2015

Decades back, kids in elementary school had recourse to McGuffey’s Readers. Crafted originally by a conservative theologian, those primers allowed youngsters to learn vocabulary and language, among other things, in the context of works of literature that McGuffey and those who took over after his demise found to be relevant. Literature imparts cultural mores, teaches valuable […]


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