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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.


Meet the Team: Stephanie Garry Garfunkel, Director of Marketing and Communications

Stephanie Garry Garfunkel was honored to join the Jacksonville Public Education Fund as Director of Marketing and Communications in July 2018.

Parents of DCPS share their expectations at School Board Candidate Academy

In an effort to inform school board candidates on the issues that their constituents believe to be most important, the Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF) held its first Duval School Board Candidate Academy (Academy).  The Academy included a data walk and four panels made up of community members representing some of the groups the candidates would interact with in their potential role. 

Teachers take the stage at first School Board Candidate Academy

Close to 100 community members convened at JPEF’s first ever Duval School Board Candidate Academy (Academy) to share their aspirations and experiences navigating the issues that affect our public school system with school board candidates. The Academy consisted of a Data Walk and four discussions with panels that consisted of retired board members, students, teachers and parents.



DCPS students speak to school board candidates about their priorities for public education

Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF) hosted its first Duval County School Board Candidate Academy (Academy) with the objective of strengthening candidates’ knowledge and understanding of current education issues through data-driven discussion and exposure to voices of the community. 


JPEF shares research on Duval's young Black males, urges community responsibility

Dr. Kimberly Allen, Director of Data and Research for the Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF) was invited to summarize her research about the well-being of African-American males in Jacksonville.

JPEF Board Member reflects on Deutsche Bank Financial Literacy Day

Quickly becoming an annual event and a shining example of how our business sponsorships can fully integrate into our work, Deutsche Bank held a financial literacy day with Michael Bostic-Jones's students from Raines High School last week.

Three superintendent finalists selected after school board, community interviews

This evening, the school board selected superintendent candidates Michael Dunsmore, Diana Greene, and Erick Pruitt to move forward as finalists. 

UPDATED with finalist interview schedule.

#JaxThanksATeacher: Teacher Appreciation Week

Join JPEF as we celebrate our teachers May 7 - 11 for Teacher Appreciation Week! In anticipation, we are sharing ways you can thank the amazing teachers in Duval who work tirelessly every day to provide the best education for their students.


School board narrows superintendent candidates to six semi-finalists

Today, the school board narrowed down the list of 26 candidates for Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) Superintendent to six semi-finalists. Each semi-finalist’s application, including resume, is available by clicking his or her name.

UPDATED superintendent search dates (all open to the public):

Finalist interviews

May 16-18, 9 a.m. at DCPS 1701 Prudential Drive, Cline Auditorum

Superintendent selection

May 18, 5 p.m. at DCPS 1701 Prudential Drive, Cline Auditorium