Guest post: Advocacy is a part of my daily life


What does it mean to be an advocate for your child and others within the community? It means you’re willing to write your local legislators, equip yourself with knowledge and have meaningful conversations with others from both sides of an issue. Guest blogger Karen Prewitt, Vice Chair of the Exceptional Student Education Advisory Committee, shares her views on advocacy as a parent for children with disabilities.  - Ale’ta Turner

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Guest post: Teaching for global competence in Northeast Florida


I’m excited to introduce guest blogger, Uli Decker, the Director of Education & Community Outreach of the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville. Uli shares her organization’s motivation behind the development of the new Sandra L. Cook Global Teacher Enrichment Program, a teacher enrichment program enabling middle and high school teachers to travel, interact and connect on a global scale. - Megan Hubbuch


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Guest post: Sulzbacher Center helps homeless youth achieve academically


Being student-centered is one of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund’s core values that drives the work of our organization. We’re excited to share with you how the Sulzbacher Center provides the opportunity for homeless men, women and children to achieve a better life. Jasmine Souers, Communications & Outreach Specialist of the Sulzbacher Center captures a story that is an inspiring example of how every child is capable of succeeding in school with the right supports and resources.

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Young lawyers are making an impact in the lives of Ribault High School students


In an effort to connect volunteers wanting to have a direct impact in the lives of our children, the Jacksonville Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section and the D.W. Perkins Bar Association have partnered with the Jacksonville Public Education Fund and Duval County Public Schools to create a mentoring program that connects students from Ribault High School to young lawyers. The idea grew out of a site visit to The Leadership Academies at Eugene Butler spearheaded by two of our board members - the Honorable Judge Brian Davis and Ricardo Bedoya - to engage members of several of Jacksonville’s Bar associations in learning more about the progress and needs of Duval County Public Schools.

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President’s Corner: Reflecting on High School Graduation in a Pandemic

JPEF President Rachael Tutwiler Fortune shares her thoughts as the parent of a senior.

High school graduation has been a recurring theme in the life of JPEF President Rachael Tutwiler Fortune. In a new Q&A, Rachael shared what high school graduation means to her, and offered some words of inspiration for fellow parents who are w ...Read More

Half-penny sales tax will go on the ballot in fall 2020

Education advocates reacted to the news by saying they'll support the sales tax.

“This is a long-awaited historic moment in Duval County,” said JPEF President Rachael Tutwiler Fortune. “Our students need 21st century schools, and our independent research has shown that 78.5 percent of Duval County residents support ...Read More

Education Innovator Speaks in Jacksonville about What Students Need to Succeed in the 21st Century

JPEF also celebrated 10 years of impact and launched a new School Leadership Initiative.

Dr. Tony Wagner, an internationally acclaimed author and education innovator, shared a thought-provoking message about the future of education with more than 350 education and community leaders today as the keynote speaker of the Jacksonville Publ ...Read More




of public schools in Duval County earned an "A," "B," or "C" in 2021-2022.