Duval County School Board Cuts Magnet Transportation, Sends Email to Parents

Duval County School Board Cuts Magnet Transportation, Sends Email to Parents

The School Board has been forced to consider reducing /eliminating secondary Magnet transportation over the next 4 years. We want you to know that these decisions were not made lightly, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have on your family.

Duval County 2011 FCAT 2.0 Grade 3 Math Scores Show Marked Improvement

The Florida Department of Education has released the 2011 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) results for grade three reading and mathematics. For the fifth straight year Duval County Public Schools’ grade three math scores continue to improve. This year’s math scores are a full five points over the state average.

Duval County Summer Enrichment & Grade Recovery Programs

From June 20 - July 29, 2011, Duval County Public Schools will host several free summer school opportunities for our elementary, middle and high school students in need of promotion or credit/course recovery.

Spring Football: Ponte Vedra 17, Atlantic Coast 17

Spring Football:  Ponte Vedra 17, Atlantic Coast 17

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The football teams at Ponte Vedra and Atlantic Coast are both coming off winning seasons in 2010.  On Thursday night, the Sharks and Stingrays met in a spring football game.

Atlantic Coast scored the first points of the night thanks to a 46-yard field goal from Bennett Blanton.  Ponte Vedra answered with a 39-yard touchdown run from Cole Mazza in the second quarter.  The rising junior running back had 110 yards on 16 carries.

Atlantic Coast answered with a 67 yard touchdown pass from Brandon Finkley to Nicholas Neal.  The Stingrays led 10-7 at halftime.

In the second half, both teams emptied their benches to allow backups and junior varsity players to get some experience.  The game ended in a 17-17 tie.

Quality Physical Education Must be Maintained in Duval County Public Schools

Today, the Duval County Public School Board will begin to make recommendations to Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals for the 2011-2012 budget. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association understands the school board is working with the best intentions and  is in an unfortunate financial situation. However, the American Heart Association is concerned increasing the class size in art, music, and PE would greatly reduce the quality of instruction.  In addition, it is possible afterschool sports and activities might be reduced or even eliminated and without afterschool transportation many students with working parents would be unable to participate. Students in the lowest family income brackets would be disproportionately impacted and we know these families are often vulnerable to both high rates of obesity and high dropout rates.

UNF Presents Four Duval County Teachers 2011 Gladys Prior Awards

UNF Presents Four Duval County Teachers 2011 Gladys Prior Awards

Four Jacksonville teachers were surprised today as winners of the 2011 Gladys Prior Awards for Teaching Excellence. These awards, administered by the University of North Florida’s College of Education and Human Services (COEHS), were established in 1998 by Gilchrist Berg, founder and president of Water Street Capital, a Jacksonville investment firm. Dr. Larry Daniel, dean of the COEHS at UNF, presented each winner $15,000. To date, Berg has given 56 teachers more than $680,000.

Save Duval Schools Works to Raise Public Awareness About Impacts of Planned Education Budget Cuts

During the next few days, Jacksonville citizens will learn that draconian state education funding cuts -- once considered only a threat or bargaining position -- are now real.  Duval schools are facing more than $90 million of funding reductions in next year’s budget, this after five consecutive years of funding cuts.