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We stand with the families of Marjory Stoneman Douglas

In order for students to be successful academically, they must feel safe in school. In light of yesterday’s tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, Florida, and the other 17 school shootings that have occurred in 2018, the need for policy change at the federal and state levels remains clearly urgent.

 

 

 

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Our Thoughts on HB 7069

The Jacksonville Public Education Fund has existed since 2009 to advocate for high quality public schools in Duval County. Since our founding, we have intentionally built a Board of Directors with diverse perspectives on public education, and have sought to be an independent, thoughtful voice on education policy in Northeast Florida. Over the past few weeks, we have closely followed the development of the state budget and the various budget conforming bills, particularly House Bill 7069While the process that yielded the final bill lacked significant public input, our board has focused many hours of its time in discussion and debate over the content of the bill and we have identified those provisions that are worthy of public support and those that may need to be revisited before the bill is approved. 

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Vitti offered superintendency in Detroit

This evening, the Detroit Public Schools Community District voted to offer the job as their superintendent to Dr. Nikolai Vitti.

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How JPEF’s local efforts support global development goals

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As an organization focused locally in Duval County, we don’t often think about our work in a global context, but our commitments to improving public schools in Jacksonville clearly support many of the Sustainable Development Goals passed by the 193 member countries of the United Nations. 

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County Referendum 1 will sustain needed programs for children

After thoughtful and careful consideration of the issue, we join a variety of local nonprofit organizations, including the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, in encouraging voters to support the measure, and help address our community’s unfunded pension liability of more than $2.6 billion.

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Jason Fischer resigns from school board to run for state house

undefinedDistrict 7 School Board Member Jason Fischer resigned from the board on June 19 as he prepares for a run for the District 16 state house seat.

Fischer had previously announced he would not be seeking re-election to the school board and filed to run for the state house election some months ago. He resigned this week in accordance with the state’s “Resign to Run” law.

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DCPS launches OneView data portal with help from QEA

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Access to vital information about students should become much easier next school year, thanks to a new data portal system announced Thursday by Duval County Public Schools. 

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Five ways you can say thanks this Teacher Appreciation Week

undefinedWe could use this blog post to outline all of the research on the crucial importance of a great teacher in the lives of students here and across the nation. We could write a book about just some of the incredible educators in Duval County who are inspiring their students and colleagues alike. Or we could just encourage you to #ThankATeacher past or present on social media (which, by the way, you should do).

But we'd like to use this occasion to ask you to go one step further. Here are five things you can do this week to make teachers a priority — not just in schools but in our community as a whole. Keep reading to see five ways you can celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week.

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School board takes action on two boundary changes, defers one until later in the month

At their meeting tonight, the Duval County School Board approved two programmatic and boundary changes, while deferring a decision on changes to one additional school until later in the month, pending additional information about student transportation options.

Keep reading to learn more about the affected schools and the votes.

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#TFA25: Teach For America grows up

From the start, it was clear that the 25th Anniversary Summit of Teach For America was going to be different. The organization, which has grown into one of the most successful and influential forces in improving public education in America's urban centers, has been facing increasing criticism for being elitist and tone-deaf. Trey Csar, a 2002 Houston alumnus of Teach For America, shares how we can rise together for every child.

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