JPEF is committed to informing you about key education issues at the local, state, and federal levels. We know that closing the opportunity gap requires collective action, led by community members and organizations who put children first, so you’ll find opportunities here to engage with decision-makers.
2023 Legislative Session
During the Legislative Session, JPEF tracks several bills impacting education. We provide these write ups for informational purposes and encourage residents to contact their legislators to express their opinions on legislation. The State of Florida provides guidance on effectively communicating with legislators.
SEE THE BILLS we're following
JPEF encourages residents to be a part of the democratic process by following the issues and staying in touch with your legislators.
Find out how to contact your elected officials here.
JPEF encourages residents to be a part of the democratic process by following the issues and staying in touch with your legislators. We hold Advocacy Nights every quarter and hope you will be involved.
The Jacksonville Public Education Fund is proud to serve on the citizen oversight committee monitoring the use of funds from the half-cent sales tax for schools. Duval County Public Schools has a facilities plan dashboard available for the public to view here. JPEF supported the half-penny for schools, which voters approved with 67 percent of the vote in November 2020. Read JPEF's 2019 position statement on the half-penny for schools.
The Jacksonville Public Education Fund supported the renaming of six schools named for Confederate officers in 2020-2021. Read JPEF's 2021 position statement on school renaming. You can contribute to the School Renaming Fund here.
Community Engagement in School Board Elections
Each School Board Election cycle, the Jacksonville Public Education Fund publishes candidate questionnaires and hosts candidate forums to better inform voters about these often overlooked races. As a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, JPEF does not endorse candidates. Rather, we work to inform the community about the candidates and their positions so they can make a more informed choice.