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GUEST POST: MLK Day of Service Brings Attention to the Northside, Calls for Jacksonville Pride

On January 15th, our country honored the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. through church sermons, parades, celebratory breakfasts and lunches, crucial conversations, governmental decrees and acts of love and service. I had the privilege of sitting in on a crucial conversation with community residents at the Northwest Jacksonville Community Development Corporation.  

GUEST POST: Community gathers at Public Forum to discuss high-quality education in Duval

When our community comes together to support public education, we all win. On Monday, more than 100 community members attended the Jacksonville Public Education Fund’s Public Forum to discuss greatness--what makes a teacher, school leader or school great? And how can teachers, school leaders and parents or caregivers help students succeed?




School board discusses options for three turnaround schools

UPDATED on 11-17-2017

The school board has made the recommendation for the three turnaround schools--Matthew Gilbert, Northwestern, and Lake Forest--to contract with an outside entity to operate the school, which includes the option for a district-managed charter school, if they do not receive a "C" for the 2017-18 school year. Superintendent Dr. Willis reported that each of these schools is within four (4) percentage points of attaining a "C" grade. The board must select an external operator and vote on a contract by January 31, 2018. 

GUEST POST: Arlington community tells school board what it wants in the next superintendent

Jacksonville citizens have a shared obligation to work toward a brighter future for our city. By contributing our voices to the superintendent search process, we demonstrate our commitment to making our city one where children can receive the knowledge and skills they need to become responsible, contributing citizens.

Duval County School Board hosted the first of four community meetings designed to assist the Board in selecting the next superintendent of DCPS this past Monday.

Duval County School Board requests additional data to assist with superintendent search

Strong district leadership has the potential to transform education opportunities for students, thereby strengthening the foundation upon which our community stands. In an effort to support Duval’s search for a new superintendent, we provided the Duval County School Board with a compilation of data on the most recent superintendent searches in the nation’s thirty largest school districts.


Duval County schools not selected for “Schools of Hope” funds in initial round, can re-apply

Our students deserve every opportunity to receive the best education possible. Often times, additional funding can provide resources that make excellent education more attainable. At yesterday’s meeting, the Florida State Board of Education selected eleven schools to receive funding under House Bill 7069’s “Schools of Hope” program, which awards schools with up to $2,000 per student to use for services such as after-school programs and mental health support.

Duval County School Board develops superintendent search timeline

Strong leadership at every level of our public school system is crucial to the success of Duval County students. Today, the Duval County School Board met to develop its superintendent search plan. Among the board’s priorities is conducting a succinct search, with the goal of selecting a new superintendent by March 2018.


Twenty-Seven Duval County Public Schools Chosen for “Schools of Excellence” Award

Duval public schools continue to be honored by the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE). By demonstrating student achievement, several of our public schools were selected by the FLDOE as “Schools of Excellence.”

How I led one student to become the top growth earner in our entire school

Every teacher knows that although you have taught students who presented behavior challenges, there is always that ONE student that you will NEVER forget because he or she gave you the ABSOLUTE hardest time of your teaching career. For me, that student was Smith.

Reflections from Duval’s 2017 Teacher of the Year - Are you an educator advocating for education?

Hello, my name is Latrece Brown-Sudduth and I am the 2017 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year. I spent my summer working with the Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF) to create a unique fellowship for our future Teacher of the Year finalists. It has been so rewarding to lay the framework for a program that gives educators a platform to share their stories and best practices while advocating for the education profession.