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Florida's back-to-school sales tax holiday runs this weekend

Shoppers prepare to swipe your debit cards.

Florida's sales tax holiday starts Friday at one minute after midnight and lasts through Sunday.

The three-day back-to-school tax holiday eliminates state and local taxes on more than 130 items, including certain clothes, footwear and backpacks costing $75 or less.

Duval Schools Free and Reduced Lunch Applications Now Available Online

Duval County Public Schools has activated a Free and Reduced Meal application link on DCPS’ Food Service webpage. Parents or guardians can visit this page to fill out and submit the application.

Chamber Encourages Businesses to Remind Employees about the Importance of School Attendance

 Chamber Encourages Businesses to Remind Employees about the Importance of School Attendance

As the new school year approaches, the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce is encouraging businesses to remind employees about the importance of the first day of school and provide greater flexibility for employees during the first two weeks.

How Will Jacksonville Schools Be Affected by No Child Left Behind Change?

How Will Jacksonville Schools Be Affected by No Child Left Behind Change?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- News of a change in the No Child Left Behind Act brought a sigh of relief to failing schools in Jacksonville, perhaps prematurely.

President Barack Obama's Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced Monday that some states would be granted waivers to the law, allowing some failing schools to get a passing grade.

"It is far too punitive. It is far too prescriptive. It led to a dummying down of standards," said Duncan.

He called the current No Child Left Behind Act a slow moving trainwreck, and now he's poised to override the core function of the law: to have 100% of children proficient in math and reading by 2014.

"At a time when we have to get better, faster at education than we ever have, we can't have the law of the land be one that has so many perverse incentives, or distinctiveness to the kind of progress we want to see," he said.

Saturday: "Save Jax High School Tennis" Fundraiser Features Clinics with Pros

Saturday: "Save Jax High School Tennis" Fundraiser Features Clinics with Pros

A full day of tennis play and exhibitions are scheduled for Saturday, August 13, 2011 at the San Jose Country Club when Jacksonville-area former touring ATP pros Brian Gottfried, Todd Martin and MaliVai Washington, along with Amer Delic, Wolfson High School tennis standout and current touring ATP pro, donate their time in a fundraising effort to “Save Jax High School Tennis.”

Duval County Public Schools Employee Heatlh Fair

Duval County Public Schools in partnership with each of the Bargaining Unions will be sponsoring a two-day Optional Health Insurance Fair in an effort to assist our employees with finding alternative ways to shoulder the burden of health care costs.

During the two-day event, the health insurance vendors listed below will be onsite to provide information and quotes on individual dependent health insurance plans.

Historic John Gorrie Goes from Old School to New School

Historic John Gorrie Goes from Old School to New School

Transformed historic Riverside-Avondale landmark becomes The John Gorrie condominiums and are available for sale.

Purchased in February 2009 by J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver, the residences are the result of the restoration and renovation of the former John Gorrie Junior High School into condominium homes under the watchful eye and direction of Delores Barr Weaver, a tireless community advocate. Located at the corner of Stockton and College streets in the highly sought-after Riverside-Avondale neighborhood, homes at The John Gorrie a condominium, are priced from the low $100,000s for studios.