Education Advocates Upset Over Budget Proposal

Education Advocates Upset Over Budget Proposal

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Education Advocates were up in arms today after Governor Rick Scott released his budget proposal.

Colleen Wood, the Executive Director of Save Duval Schools, questioned his message. "He said we have to do this for our children and our grandchildren. But my question is: Whose children is this for?"

In Duval County alone, Wood estimated 90 million dollars will be cut from the public school budget to make up for Governor Rick Scott's proposed budget cuts.   "It's important as a community that we decide what our priorities are," Wood said.

Though Governor Scott contends cutting taxes is priority number one.  "We can't spend more than we take in, we can't," he said.

His budget proposal contained more than four billion dollars in budget cuts, one-point-four of that being property taxes, which largely fund public school education.

Twin Lakes Academy Elementary Library to Represent All School Libraries in the State of Florida

As part of her tour of school libraries nationwide, Nancy Everhart, President of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), will visit Twin Lakes Academy Elementary School on Friday, February 18, 2011. Twin Lakes Academy Elementary is located at 8000 Point Meadows Drive, Jacksonville, Florida  32256. 

Duval County Public Schools Announces the 2011 Florida Blue Teacher of the Year Finalists

Five teachers have been selected as finalists for the 2011 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year.

These five were chosen from 158 school representatives. The 158 were narrowed to 15 semifinalists based on their informational packet, which included information about their professional development, classroom practices and knowledge of current educational topics.

The District Selection Committee interviewed the semifinalists and narrowed the list to the following five finalists:

Youmone Berrien, activities director and AP honors coordinator at First Coast High; Edward Moore, Language Arts teacher at Northwestern Middle; Andrew Hubbuch, fifth-grade teacher at Justina Road Elementary; Katy Burns, kindergarten teacher at Beauclerc Elementary; and Andrea Miranda, Language Arts teacher at Fort Caroline Middle.

Education Commissioner Visits Duval's Challenged Schools

Education Commissioner Visits Duval's Challenged Schools

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Florida Education Commissioner Eric Smith spent time on the First Coast today checking out one of the city's four "intervene" schools.

Smith visited North Shore K-8 classrooms and talked to staff about challenges and opportunities at the school for about 90 minutes.

North Shore along with Raines, Ribault and Andrew Jackson high schools are on the state's failing schools list and are being closely monitored.

Earlier this week, the Duval County School Board forwarded to the state commissioner a plan to redesign the schools, but retain local control if the schools fail again this year.

Smith must pass judgement on local control and determine whether that follows the law. The commissioner has said that hiring an outside firm to run the schools may be necessary.

Duval County Public Schools Recognizes Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, public schools throughout Duval County will be participating in a wide variety of programs and events that celebrate African-American history.

Events include book readings, guest speakers, historical re-enactments, presentations of African-American music, literature and arts, and more.

A full listing of school events is attached.

Additionally, for information about our district schools that have been named for African-Americans who have made historically important contributions to both our local community and our country, visit

Literacy Week Volunteers Encouraged to Become Mentors

Literacy Week Volunteers Encouraged to Become Mentors

To continue the momentum of last week’s Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!, volunteers throughout the Sunshine State are encouraged to expand their commitment to service by becoming a mentor.  Statistics show that students are far less likely to skip school, have behavioral problems or begin using illegal drugs or alcohol when a mentor is active in their lives.

Duval County Public Schools Announces the 2011 School-Related Employee of the Year

Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) tonight named Rosemarie Wilkening, part-time English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) paraprofessional at Chets Creek Elementary, as its 2011 School-Related Employee of the Year.