Back-to-School Sales Show Up Extra Early at Some Retailers

Back-to-School Sales Show Up Extra Early at Some Retailers

Back to school already?

Some anxious retailers are jumping the gun to get shoppers' attention extra early. With good reason: Last year consumers spent more than $55 billion on back-to-school shopping, the National Retail Federation says. Many retailers are still nervous about consumer spending in a topsy-turvy economy.

That's one reason why Toys R Us' "Pack to School" sale on backpacks and lunchboxes started as early as July 1 in some parts of the country.


Duval County Public Schools Launches Web-Based School Locator Tool

Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) is pleased to announce an innovative addition to our expanding website capabilities. Using our brand new School Locator software, anyone can log on and find their neighborhood’s assigned elementary, middle or high school.

Duval County to Participate in Major National Project

Students from low-income Jacksonville neighborhoods are taking part in improved summer learning programs this summer as Duval County is one of six school districts nationwide selected to be part of The Wallace Foundation’s national Summer Learning Initiative.

”Save Jax High School Tennis” Fundraiser Features Clinics with Pros

”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.”

“Save Our Sports” Fundraiser Friday

“Save Our Sports” Fundraiser Friday

LongHorn Steakhouse at Regency is partnering with Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) to support district athletics. The restaurant is holding a fundraiser and silent auction on July 8th for “Save Our Sports”.

Brentwood Elementary School Drops to an F

According to the 2011 Florida School Grades Accountability Report released today by the Florida Department of Education,  Brentwood Elementary School dropped from a C in 2010 to an F in 2011.

Brentwood Elementary School received a D in 2009 and a B in 2008.

Duval County Public Schools remains a “B” district for the fourth year in a row, and 85 percent of Duval County public schools made a satisfactory grade or higher, some schools seeing large improvements.

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Local Bus Company Offers Transportation Option for Magnet Students

Local Bus Company Offers Transportation Option for Magnet Students

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Duval County magnet school students now have another option to help them get to school.

Student Transportation of America (STA) is starting a pilot program to help those kids affected by the school board's recent decision to cut transportation for the more than 5,000 students attending these schools in an effort to balance the school system's budget.

It's not a stretch for STA, since it already provides busing services for parts of Duval County.

"After several groups of parents contacted us, we immediately started developing a program where we could provide direct service for interested parents," said Chris Ingold, Operations Manager at STA's Jacksonville, Florida location.  "It is unfortunate that the district's budget issues have forced them into this situation, but we are working to provide a service that is safe, practical, and affordable."