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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.”

Classroom Wish Lists Come True with the Adopt-a-School Program at Crown Point Elementary

Classroom Wish Lists Come True with the Adopt-a-School Program at Crown Point Elementary

This year $100 billion in federal stimulus money for education will run out for states that are already strapped for cash.  As an effort to conserve resources, states may make the difficult decision to forgo funding for basic classroom essentials. BJ’s understands that school supplies are a crucial element in fostering a child’s education.

Every year, through the company’s Adopt-a-School Program, BJ’s sponsors a school in each market where a club is present. This year BJ’s adopted Crown Point Elementary in Jacksonville and will grant some of its wishes from the “classroom wish list”.

Health Comes First on Back to School Checklist

Health Comes First on Back to School Checklist

HEALTH COMES FIRST ON BACK TO SCHOOL CHECKLIST

It’s important, it’s required, and this year it may cost less.

It may not be first on your child’s back-to-school checklist, but it should be. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida reminds parents that now is the time to confirm health exam and immunization requirements for first-time and returning students for grades kindergarten through 12th grade.

So before clothes, before supplies, check with your child’s school about what’s required, and give yourself enough time to schedule whatever exams and vaccinations are needed before school starts.  And this year, you may get a budget break, thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

”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.