Schools

CCEA Awake the State Rally

The Clay County Education Association (CCEA) is hosting an Awake the  State Rally. The rally is being held in conjunction with other rallies across the state and these  rallies are being held to protest the massive budget cuts to the Florida budget. We will be joining  our teachers at the corner of Blanding and Kingsley to rally our protest over the Florida Budget cuts.

 
We will be at the corner of Blanding Blvd and Kingsley Avenue on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 from  4 pm-6 pm protesting these budget cuts and encouraging our community members to contact  their legislators and say NO MORE CUTS!

Update: VIDEO | Clay County Board Denies Teacher Pay Raises

Update: VIDEO | Clay County Board Denies Teacher Pay Raises

FLEMING ISLAND, Fla. -- Clay County board members has voted down a contract that would have given its teachers a $500 pay raise to teachers with more than 27 years experience.

Members voted 4 to1 against ratifying the contract that 92 percent of its teachers voted for.

Many believed the raises were a done deal, since the teachers had already reached a tentative agreement with the board.

Seventh-grade teacher Helenda Feuerborn was in tears after the vote. "I just don't know how they say no to people who come in and do this every day from their heart", she said.

But the People's Tea Party stepped in and said the $1.7 million was too expensive for the county to do that.

 

 

Athlete of the Week: Briana Little, Middleburg High School

Athlete of the Week: Briana Little, Middleburg High School

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- Briana Little will be playing for one of the top college softball progams in the country next season.

The Middleburg High School senior signed with the University of Florida this past November.  She is expected to be a utility player for the Gators and will not be a pitcher as she currently is for her high school team.

Briana also competed on the Broncos volleyball team and has participated on the girls weightlifting team in the past.

She is a very good student and the main leader of her softball team.

If you would like to nominate a local high school athlete for this weekly award, then send an e-mail to ccushnir@firstcoastnews.com.  Be sure to include the young man or woman's name and what sport(s) he or she plays.  Please explain why you think your nominee deserves this award.

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).

Literacy Week Volunteers Encouraged to Become Mentors

Literacy Week Volunteers Encouraged to Become Mentors

To continue the momentum of last week’s Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!, volunteers throughout the Sunshine State are encouraged to expand their commitment to service by becoming a mentor.  Statistics show that students are far less likely to skip school, have behavioral problems or begin using illegal drugs or alcohol when a mentor is active in their lives.

Local Area Students Raise Money for Cancer Research

Local Area Students Raise Money for Cancer Research

Clink, clank, clunk!  That’s the sound more than 300,000 students throughout North Florida will soon hear as they pour their pocket change into collection jars to support Olive Garden’s 17th-annual Pasta for Pennies program benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) School & Youth campaign.  Last year, Olive Garden’s Pasta for Pennies collected $6.1 million nationally, bringing the total amount donated since the program’s inception to more than $53 million.

UNF Awards Full Scholarships to Youths Featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

UNF Awards Full Scholarships to Youths Featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

The University of North Florida has awarded full, four-year scholarships covering tuition, fees, room and board to three Northeast Florida young women who will be featured on an upcoming episode of the ABC television program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”