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Five Teachers Named as Finalists for 2019 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year

Joshua Diaz, Rachel Duff, Danisha Love, Sarah Pasion and Nakeisha Tinsley were named as finalists for the 2019 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year.

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Rachael Tutwiler Fortune, Judge Brian Davis to Lead the Jacksonville Public Education Fund

The Board of Directors of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund appointed Rachael Tutwiler Fortune as the President of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund through a unanimous vote at a meeting this week. The board also elected Judge Brian Davis as its new chair, effective January 1, 2019.

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Fifteen teachers named semi-finalists for 2019 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year

Fifteen outstanding public school teachers were named semi-finalists for the 2019 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year today.

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Results of the Duval County School Board elections

Last night, Duval County voters elected three new members of the Duval County School Board: Elizabeth Andersen, Darryl Willie and Charlotte Joyce.

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Giving thanks to great school leaders

Last week, we learned that one of our own principals in Duval County Public Schools was one of 11 principals across the nation to win the Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership from the U.S. Department of Education.

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A novel role for parents: community organizers

JPEF's Dr. Maira Martelo recently traveled to Chicago to learn from an organization called Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI). She visited a school that was going to be closed until parents organized to keep it open, and then launched a restorative justice program staffed by parent volunteers.

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The power of parental involvement

Tiffany Clark, a parent leader in Jacksonville, felt it was only a matter of time before a student was struck by a car in front of her child's school. She asked a simple question: “Who do we need to talk to about fixing the traffic situation?”

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31 Duval schools selected as “Schools of Excellence” in second year

Four more public schools in Duval County were named “Schools of Excellence” last week, allowing them more flexibility and autonomy in how they operate. As DCPS works hard to earn an “A” district grade, this increase demonstrates exciting improvement.

 

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Access and equity: A hard conversation that's harder to avoid

At JPEF, we believe that each and every student that walks into a Duval County classroom deserves a rigorous and high-quality educational experience. So we invited James E. Ford, a national speaker on access and equity and the 2015 North Carolina Teacher of the Year, to speak to our Teachers of the Year.

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Three Words from Geoffrey Canada: Time, Resources and Accountability

JPEF invited Geoffrey Canada to share a message about how communities can embrace public education and help close the achievement gap in our inaugural EDTalks event, a speaker series we launched to bring thought leaders to Jacksonville.

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