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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.

Save PE in Duval County

Save PE in Duval County

Keep our kids active!

Duval County Gets Waiver for Failing Schools

Duval County Gets Waiver for Failing Schools

TAMPA, Fla. -- The state Board of Education has voted to allow Duval County's four failing schools to remain under district control for another year, rather than appointing a third party to manage them.

Several board members expressed reluctance and one said this was one of the most difficult decisions she has made. The vote was 5-1.

Chairperson Kathleen Shanahan expressed her displeasure with progress being made in the four schools, but ultimately voted to give the district a waiver and allow one more year.

Another board member, Roberto Martinez, said he personally wants to visit the four failing schools to see firsthand what is and is not being done.

Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals traveled to Tampa for the meeting.

Teacher Merit Pay Fails in NYC Before Florida Schools Start Program

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Local education advocates are calling on Governor Rick Scott to look to New York City after their teacher merit pay program was abandoned Monday.

"I applaud New York for doing what's fiscally responsible and realizing that political ideology shouldn't set the tone for what we put into practice," said Colleen Wood, Save Duval Schools Executive Director.

The program in New York City rewarded the entire school based on performance.

Here in Florida individual teachers would be rewarded.

Wood has rallied against teacher merit pay since it was first introduced in Florida, and she thinks the state should follow in New York's footsteps.

Duval Superintendent Statement Regarding Board Recommendation for Intervene School Oversight

When Duval Partners for Excellent Education, Inc. was started, the primary responsibility was to mobilize the entire city in supporting the four intervene schools and their feeder schools. Specifically, they were to expand the involvement of businesses and faith-based partners, university staff, non-profit and government wrap around services, as well as adding to the financial resources to attract and retain the best principals and teachers, extend learning time, and other important needs.

Four Duval County Schools Unexpectedly Cut JROTC

Four Duval County Schools Unexpectedly Cut JROTC

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Dozens of First Coast students will no longer get training in high school to be military leaders of the future.

We've confirmed Englewood, Mandarin, Raines and Wolfson have cut their JROTC programs.

"They took out the one thing I loved about high school," Englewood senior Brian Sightler said.

"Always have looked forward to JROTC and being part of a team," Englewood sophomore Joey Taylor said.

Taylor lives and breathes JROTC. In the sweltering heat, he and his friends still enjoy practicing drills in the neighborhood; a neighborhood the Taylors moved to specifically for the school and its JROTC program.

"This is going to cut out some opportunities for a bunch of people," said Taylor's mother, Nova, who added they are depending on the JROTC scholarships.