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Mayor Creates Education Commissioner's Office

Mayor Creates Education Commissioner's Office

Mayor Alvin Brown issued an executive order naming the first Education Commissioner for the City of Jacksonville.

The office is designed to serve as a bridge between City Hall and Duval County Public Schools with a mission to increase graduation rates and better prepare Jacksonville’s youths for the 21st Century job market. The office will have no executive powers over the school system but will serve a crucial supportive function to raise private money and rally community support at a time the schools are facing cutbacks.

Beaches Event Helps Ready Students for School

Beaches Event Helps Ready Students for School

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- This may be the tax-free shopping weekend, but not everyone was spending money on school supplies today.

In a tough economy many people cannot afford to purchase new items and look for help.

More than one thousand children showed up today for the Back to School program with BEAM. BEAM stands for Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry.

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.”