Arthur Duncan Visits Bolles

Arthur Duncan Visits Bolles

In honor of Black History Month, world-famous entertainer Arthur Duncan visited The Bolles School on February 15-18, working with the Bolles Dance program, visiting Bolles dance classes, and performing.  A special guest of Bolles Director of Dance Angela Blackledge, Duncan also visited other area schools and dance studios during his stay in Jacksonville though his only performance was at Bolles.

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.

Five Bolles Students Named National Merit Finalists

Five Bolles Students Named National Merit Finalists

All five of the Bolles students who were named Semifinalists in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship program have been named Finalists- William Leeser, Daniel Leichus, Scott Rice, Ajay Shroff, and Ryan Smith.

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).

Education Advocates Upset Over Budget Proposal

Education Advocates Upset Over Budget Proposal

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Education Advocates were up in arms today after Governor Rick Scott released his budget proposal.

Colleen Wood, the Executive Director of Save Duval Schools, questioned his message. "He said we have to do this for our children and our grandchildren. But my question is: Whose children is this for?"

In Duval County alone, Wood estimated 90 million dollars will be cut from the public school budget to make up for Governor Rick Scott's proposed budget cuts.   "It's important as a community that we decide what our priorities are," Wood said.

Though Governor Scott contends cutting taxes is priority number one.  "We can't spend more than we take in, we can't," he said.

His budget proposal contained more than four billion dollars in budget cuts, one-point-four of that being property taxes, which largely fund public school education.

Douglas Anderson Extravaganza on Saturday, Feb. 12

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Duval County’s high school for students studying the performing and visual arts, hosts its 25th annual showcase, Extravaganza, at the Moran Theater on Saturday, February 12.   The Art Exhibition begins at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby; the theater performance commences at 7:30 p.m.