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Hour to be added to 52 low-performing elementary schools
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:59:06 -0700

Fifty-two elementary schools in Duval County will now extend their school day to include one more hour. Dismissal at these schools will change from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. every day.

School board adds 11 Duval County schools to 40 already on state's list
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:13:51 -0700

Some teachers and parents are divided over a new way to improve reading scores in struggling Duval County elementary schools. The state has mandated that the bottom 300 schools in Florida add an extra hour of reading instruction to the school day.

Holiday Hill parents petition Vitti not to be on extra-hour list
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:28:51 -0700

Hundreds of elementary school parents offered their opinions Tuesday night to Duval County Superintendent Nikolai Vitti about a plan to add an hour to their children's school day.

State line commuters to face road projects on I-95, U.S. 17
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:52:42 -0700

Resurfacing of U.S. 17 in Nassau County has begun from the Duval County line to Interstate 95.

Heat indices between 108 and 112 degrees expected 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:58:53 -0700

A heat advisory is in effect for southeast Georgia and the northern tier of northeast Florida Monday due to the combination of hot temperatures and high humidity, according to the National Weather Service in Jacksonville.

DOH kicks off campaign to get students immunized for school
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 02:59:02 -0700

Florida Department of Health in Duval County has launched its “Go to the Head of the Class: Back-to-School Immunizations and Physicals,” campaign to assist parents and families with preparing for the upcoming school year.

Area State Rep. Mia Jones to be named Jacksonville's first health commissioner
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:24:15 -0700

State Rep. Mia Jones will lead a new campaign to help enroll the more than 25,000 uninsured Duval County children in Medicaid or Florida Healthy Kids. The Jacksonville Democrat, who is also a special assistant to Mayor Alvin Brown, will be named the city’s first health commissioner at a Wednesday news conference. Health care-related issues are a focus of Jones’ work in the Legislature and ...

School grades for elementary, middle schools show 'we have work to do'
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 07:59:00 -0700

The number of elementary and middle schools in Jacksonville and across the state earning an "A" increased in the 2013-2014 year, but so did the number of schools earning an "F."

Judge OKs gay marriage in Florida Keys
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:02:54 -0700

MIAMI (AP) — A judge ruled that gays can marry in Florida's most gay-friendly county, siding Thursday with same-sex couples in the Florida Keys who challenged a voter-approved ban as discriminatory. But an immediate state appeal quickly silenced their wedding bells.

No time to waste as Trail Ridge Landfill gets close to reaching its space limit
Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:47:31 -0700

In the coming year, the city needs to start building a new disposal area at the Trail Ridge Landfill, which will cost about $43 million, according to Mayor Alvin Brown's proposed 2014-15 budget.