Duval County Public Schools’ History Fair Winners Selected

More than 230 students representing 18 Duval County middle and high schools and charter schools recently participated in the 25th annual Duval County History Fair at Atlantic Coast High School. 

Darnell-Cookman Middle/High School Named A Magnet Schools of America Honorable Mention

Darnell-Cookman Middle/High School of the Medical Arts, a magnet school, has been selected for a Magnet Schools of America Merit Award as a 2011 Honorable Mention School. 

This national award, given by Magnet Schools of America, is based on a commitment to high academic standards, curriculum innovation, successful diversity efforts, and the consistent delivery of high quality education to students.

Magnet Application Deadline is February 28

The deadline to submit a magnet application for the 2011-2012 school year is quickly approaching. The Duval County Public Schools Magnet Programs Office is accepting applications through Monday, February 28, 2011. 

Rally to Stop the Cuts to Public Education

Save Duval Schools, the Duval County Council of PTAs/PTSAs, and the Jacksonville Public Education Fund are sponsoring a Rally on President’s Day, Monday, February 21, 2011 to highlight the effects the proposed cuts to Florida’s education budget would have on Duval County Public Schools.  The Boards of these organizations invite the community to join us as we send a strong message to Tallahassee that we will not accept these drastic and unnecessary cuts to our children’s public schools.

Florida Board of Education Meeting postponed for Duval County

In a joint decision, Superintendent Pratt-Dannals and Florida Commissioner of Education Smith decided to postpone the meeting to consider Duval County’s Intervene option plans before the State Board of Education, scheduled for Tuesday, February 15, 2011 until a further date that has yet to be determined.

UNF Announces Charitable Gift During Major Donor Recognition Ceremony

The University of North Florida announced today a significant gift to the University during a special ceremony honoring its longtime major gift donors, unveiling a donor wall in recognition of their cumulative giving over the years to higher education

Jacksonville business executive David A. Stein, a longtime supporter of the University and a UNF Foundation board member, recently placed the University in his estate for $1 million, establishing the David A. Stein Graduate Fellowship Endowment Fund, with opportunities available to obtain $750,000 in state-matching funds.

More Florida Public School Students Succeeding in Advanced Placement Program

The 7th Annual AP® Report to the Nation, released today by the College Board, reports that 22.3 percent of Florida’s public high school class of 2010 completed high school having succeeded on Advanced Placement Program® (AP) Exams — up from 13.5 percent in 2001, and exceeding the national average of 16.9 percent. Additionally, more Florida students from the class of 2010 (33,712) scored 3 or higher on an AP Exam — the score typically needed to qualify for advanced placement in colleges and universities — than even participated in AP nearly a decade ago (24,536).