Press Releases

First School Board Candidate Academy introduces school board candidates to Duval’s opportunities for improving public education

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., June 26, 2018 — Today Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF) hosted the first ever School Board Candidate Academy with the goal of building the capacity of aspiring Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) board members. Close to 100 parents, students, teachers and retired board members convened to share their aspirations and experiences navigating the issues that affect our public school system.

Jacksonville Public Education Fund under new leadership

Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF) President Trey Csar will step aside later this summer after more than nine years of leadership of the education advocacy organization. Rachael Tutwiler Fortune, JPEF’s current Executive Vice President, will serve as Interim President, as the organization’s board of directors develops a plan for long-term leadership at the organization.


Duval becomes third county in Florida to adopt nationally recognized parent leadership program

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 29, 2018— In response to the results of its annual Public Education Perceptions Poll, which revealed 93.8 percent of Duval parents don’t even know who their school board representative is, Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF) launched Parents Who Lead today. Parents Who Lead is an initiative that seeks to turn Duval’s parents and caregivers into civic leaders in public education.