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Crew Spots Student Smoking in School Parking Lot

Crew Spots Student Smoking in School Parking Lot

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Smoke from a fire is greeting kids on the first day of school in Clay County.

But it wasn't the only kind of smoke in the air.

Our crew spotted an Oakleaf High student smoking a cigarette in the parking lot shortly before 7 a.m. They were in front of the administration building, just about 50 yards from the entrance on school property.

The teen wasn't try to hide his smoking on the first day of school, an apparent blatant violation of the district's anti-drug and tobacco policy.

The new handbook states "possession/use of tobacco products" is a Level III infraction, described as a major act of misconduct according to the policy.

The teen stomped out the cigarette in the parking lot before heading into the school building.

Tobacco Free Clay, a student group aimed at stomping out teen smoking, reports that 90 percent of tobacco users are addicted before age 18.

Florida's back-to-school sales tax holiday runs this weekend

Shoppers prepare to swipe your debit cards.

Florida's sales tax holiday starts Friday at one minute after midnight and lasts through Sunday.

The three-day back-to-school tax holiday eliminates state and local taxes on more than 130 items, including certain clothes, footwear and backpacks costing $75 or less.

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.

TOMORROW: Teacher Appreciation Expo

TOMORROW: Teacher Appreciation Expo

All Clay County Teachers* are invited to Enter-to-win door prizes, Enjoy free refreshments & Pick up supplies for your classrooms!

Teacher Merit Pay Fails in NYC Before Florida Schools Start Program

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Local education advocates are calling on Governor Rick Scott to look to New York City after their teacher merit pay program was abandoned Monday.

"I applaud New York for doing what's fiscally responsible and realizing that political ideology shouldn't set the tone for what we put into practice," said Colleen Wood, Save Duval Schools Executive Director.

The program in New York City rewarded the entire school based on performance.

Here in Florida individual teachers would be rewarded.

Wood has rallied against teacher merit pay since it was first introduced in Florida, and she thinks the state should follow in New York's footsteps.

Back-to-School Sales Show Up Extra Early at Some Retailers

Back-to-School Sales Show Up Extra Early at Some Retailers

Back to school already?

Some anxious retailers are jumping the gun to get shoppers' attention extra early. With good reason: Last year consumers spent more than $55 billion on back-to-school shopping, the National Retail Federation says. Many retailers are still nervous about consumer spending in a topsy-turvy economy.

That's one reason why Toys R Us' "Pack to School" sale on backpacks and lunchboxes started as early as July 1 in some parts of the country.

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