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Things you should know about School Advisory Councils

undefinedIt's my first year serving as a parent member of Merrill Road Elementary School Advisory Council (SAC). As the school year begins to slowly wind down, I reflect on how much I've learned by being an active participant. I'd like to share things that you should know about SACs.

Learn about the SAC's role and why you should get involved.

Discovering Mayport Elementary with community members and partners

undefinedPrincipal DiMattia and her school administration has done such an amazing job with effective partnerships with organizations such as Blessings in a Backpack, Surf Riders, Cathedral Arts Project who are an essential part of the school's success. 

Continue reading to learn more about upcoming Discover Duval School visits. 

ONE by ONE, School by School upcoming volunteer opportunities

undefinedThinking about volunteering with your favorite organization? May it be mentoring youth, reading to Pre-K students or participating in career day. There are plenty of volunteer options with the Jacksonville Public Education Fund newest initiative titled ONE by ONE, School By School.

Continue reading to learn more about how you can get involved.

Five questions you're asking about school accountability

After many long discussions throughout the state about school accountability, Gov. Rick Scott signed HB 7069 into law this week, a sweeping measure that tackles some of the thorny issues that have arisen from this year's transition to the new Florida Standards.

But there is still a lot we don't know for sure about the transition and how it will play out over the next year. Here are five questions we've been hearing from community members about the impact of the new law -- and three more questions we think should be asked.

District, KIPP receive state grant to improve collaboration

The Duval County School Board approved Tuesday a $3.8 million grant from the Florida Department of Education to improve collaboration between traditional public schools and the KIPP Jacksonville charter school network.

Continue reading to learn more about this beneficial collaboration.

Volunteer Spotlight: Mother and daughter duo moving public education forward

Volunteer Spotlight 2015April is volunteer Appreciation month and the Jacksonville Public Education Fund would like to take the time out to show our gratitude to those who have dedicated time and service to assist us in our efforts in Moving Public Education Forward in Duval County.

Learn why Diane and Jenna enjoy volunteering with our organization.

Takeaways from the 2015 Generation W Conference

It's always inspiring and empowering to attend Generation W, a women's leadership conference. As a young professional, I often explore the professional connections and partnerships others make to gain leadership experience.

Continue reading to learn about this annual women's leadership conference.

Alarming data about Hispanic High School Students Mental health

For a second year, the Jacksonville System of Care Initiative in conjunction with other partners organized the mental health event targeting the Hispanic/Latino community in Jacksonville. The event was called "Healthy families, healthy communities: Mental Health and the Hispanic/Latino (a) Community" and was directed both to mental health or primary care providers and the community at large.

Guest blogger Selena Webster-Bass and Maira Martelo, Community Mobilization Director share resources on a local initiative geared toward Hispanic families.

Senate passes testing and accountability bill

Today the Florida Senate passed a much talked about testing and accountability bill following hours of debate and several amendments.

Keep reading to learn what's in the bill - and what happens from here.

ONE by ONE Delegates raised concerns about the new Florida assessment

ONE by ONE March 2015The evening kicked off with a panel discussion about the new Florida Standards and the new assessment that included Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti, Duval County Council of PTAs President Margaret Godke, 2015 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year Kifimbo Holloway-Parnell, and Essence Duncan, President of the Jacksonville Association of Governing Students.

Learn more about the event and take action today!