Duval County 2011 FCAT 2.0 Grade 3 Math Scores Show Marked Improvement

The Florida Department of Education has released the 2011 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) results for grade three reading and mathematics. For the fifth straight year Duval County Public Schools’ grade three math scores continue to improve. This year’s math scores are a full five points over the state average.

Top Recruit: Chris Black, First Coast High School

Top Recruit: Chris Black, First Coast High School

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- First Coast High School wide receiver Chris Black is one of the top 100 college football prospects in the country according to three major recruiting websites.,, and all have this talented athlete ranked in their lists of the top recruits in the country.  One of these websites has Black at number 19 overall while the other two have him listed at 57 and 70.

Black says that his top three colleges right now are Florida, Florida State, and Alabama.

Duval County Summer Enrichment & Grade Recovery Programs

From June 20 - July 29, 2011, Duval County Public Schools will host several free summer school opportunities for our elementary, middle and high school students in need of promotion or credit/course recovery.

State Recognizes Duval County Public Schools’ Plan for Intervene Schools

The State Board of Education voted unanimously today to support Duval County Public Schools’ plan to allow an educational management organization to oversee the district’s four intervene schools.

Save Duval Schools Works to Raise Public Awareness About Impacts of Planned Education Budget Cuts

During the next few days, Jacksonville citizens will learn that draconian state education funding cuts -- once considered only a threat or bargaining position -- are now real.  Duval schools are facing more than $90 million of funding reductions in next year’s budget, this after five consecutive years of funding cuts.

Save Our Schools Rally

Students of William M. Raines High School (WMRH) are rallying today, Monday, May 02, 2011, to show support in saving their schools, Raines, Ribault, Jackson, and North-Shore K-8. It is taking place at Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm in effort to educate the community & students attending the four Intervene Schools on the decisions made by the Duval County Public School Board. Local pastors, ministers, and community members will be present in support of the students.

Student's Mother Called Police, Prompting School Search

Student's Mother Called Police, Prompting School Search

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- For the first time, police have explained what led to today's lockdown of two Westside schools and two bomb squad investigations.

According to Officer Melissa Bujeda, spokesperson for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, a thorough investigation at Lake Shore Middle School revealed nothing suspicious.

"I was in school and all of a sudden, they got on the loud speaker and said nobody goes in and nobody goes out," said Lake Shore Middle student Gianni Jean-Lewis.

Lewis' mother, Ramano Froyze was one of several parents to go to the school to remove kids early.

"Especially with everything going on these days, I had to get him," said Froyze.

Bujeda said this morning's lockdown of both Lake Shore and nearby Bayview Elementary was initiated when a student's mother noticed something -- which was not disclosed -- at their home on Lannie Road and notified police. The home is about 30 miles away; police arrived around 10:45 a.m.