Semi-finalists named for 2017 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year


Fifteen outstanding public school teachers today were named semi-finalists for the 2017 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year. Keep reading to meet them all and find out how they will get special recognition at Saturday's Jaguars game!

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New graduation rates point to successes for Duval County's African-American and Hispanic students


Florida released public school graduation rates today, and Duval County rose from 76.6% to 78.8%. The increase included substantial gains among minority students. Keep reading for more details and information about how graduation rates are calculated.

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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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Teacher Roundtable participants work to define what it means to be a teacher leader


During Part A of this fall's Teacher Roundtable three-part series, Duval County public school teachers discussed the characteristics of teacher leaders (i.e., passionate, positive rapport with colleagues, available, etc.) and some of the barriers  educators face when taking on the role of teacher leaders in addition to their regular classroom responsibilities. 

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Ed White committed to implementing student suggestions in school


Jacksonville Public Education Fund welcomes Kristellys Estanga to our team! She will be working with our Community Mobilization team to facilitate the implementation of programs in selected schools that are being developed around the specific suggestions and insights from students during the Student Voice events. 

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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.