Schools

Save Our Sports in Duval County Telethon

The Save Our Sports In Duval County Campaign is designed to raise the funds needed to re-implement the high school sports that have been cut due to budget constraints by the Duval County Public School (DCPS) system for the next school year.

FCAT Scores in; 4 Failing Schools Likely to Stay on Intervene List

FCAT Scores in; 4 Failing Schools Likely to Stay on Intervene List

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Duval school district's four intervene schools likely will remain failing schools based on the FCAT scores released today.

North Shore K-8 received a D and the other three, Ribault, Raines and Andrew Jackson high schools, got Fs on the FCAT. Because of the grades, the schools likely will not meet the intervene exit standards set by the state. 

The schools have not received their school grades for this year yet.  For the high schools the FCAT scores count for half the school grade and other factors such as enrollment in advanced placement courses make up the remaining fifty percent.

In 2010, North Shore K-8 was an F school and the three high schools were D schools.

Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals addressed the media at 12:30 p.m. today at Duval County Public Schools' in Jacksonville. 

“Save High School Golf Open” in Response to Duval County Budget Cuts

“Save High School Golf Open” in Response to  Duval County Budget Cuts

Signs-N-Motion, a Jacksonville-based sign design and development company, is hosting a golf tournament on Saturday, July 30, 2011 at Windsor Parke Golf Club in an effort to raise funds to save high school golf in Duval County.

Education budget cuts recently approved by the State of Florida will likely mean the end of several sports in Duval County schools, including golf, cross country, lacrosse, and several others, according to the chairman of the Duval County School Board. The county must raise $70,000.00 by August 1st in order to take high school golf off the chopping block.

Who's Behind Effort To Save High School Sports?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Golfing is one of the high school sports in jeopardy, but not if Mike Lynch can help it.

"We can't let this happen, this is silly," said Lynch.

A dozen varsity and middle school programs are targeted to be cut in Duval County Public Schools to save an estimated $500,000. The school board started its budget cutting mission needing to slash $91 million from the budget.  

Now, several groups headed by sports advocates like Lynch are organizing to solicit money from private donors to keep the sports.

Lynch heads the NF-PGA Northern chapter. He and Boots Farley of the North Florida Junior Golf Foundation created a non-profit group to raise the money to save high school golf.

"We have had situations in the past and we came through; we will take care of this," said Farley.

Local MS Scholarships Announcedby The National MS Society North Florida Chapter

Local MS Scholarships Announcedby The National MS Society North Florida Chapter

The National MS Society North Florida Chapter announces Grace Hoffman of Ponte Vedra and Joshua Dopson of Jacksonville as two of its 2011 scholarship recipients.

The annual MS Scholarship Program helps students affected by Multiple Sclerosis pursue a college or technical school education. The program is open to students living with MS, students with parents living with MS, and anyone living with MS that has not received a post-secondary education.

Duval County Public Schools' Provides Breakfast and Lunch This Summer to Children Under 18

Duval County Public Schools will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program during the months of June, July and August.

Transportation Cuts for 5,000 DCPS Students in the Works

Transportation Cuts for 5,000 DCPS Students in the Works

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Within four years, Duval County Public Schools are considering cutting transportation to all secondary Magnet schools.

Parents of the first 5,000 students affected say it's not fair to working parents.

One of those parents is single mom, Charlene West.

"He's a good student because I made sure he went to good schools that were going to teach him," West says of her son, A.J. Mitchell. "I, as a parent, did my part by making sure he did his homework and learned what he was supposed to learn."

Every day after school, Mitchell rides the bus home from Stanton.

While he waits for his single mother Charlene West to get home from work, he does the dishes and his homework.

Stanton is one of the seven Magnet schools potentially losing transportation.

According to a letter sent home with students, James Weldon Johnson, Landon, Darnell-Cookman, Kirby Smith, Lavilla, and Paxon are also on the list.