JPEF President Rachael Tutwiler Fortune speaks out on race and education

Community leaders share their thoughts on racism in a series of columns in the Florida Times-Union. Read all four columns below.


JPEF President Rachael Tutwiler Fortune shares her reflections on racial justice and education, along with our partners at Florida Blue, the First Coast YMCA and Operation New Hope. Read all four columns here.

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Meet the Team: Dryden Mills, Senior Associate

Dryden works to support JPEF's strategic initiatives to bring best practices to parents, teachers, and principals.


Welcome to the team, Dryden!

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Why trauma-informed teaching can help kids now more than ever

Find out what trauma-informed teaching can do for your students in this Q&A.


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COVID-19 and the economy: We can’t afford to lose funding for public schools

JPEF will keep you informed on funding cuts so you can speak up for public schools.


Just as we’re seeing how much value our public schools bring, they’re also facing one of the most serious threats we’ve seen in a long time.

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Here's how JPEF will inform the community about 2020 School Board Elections

The School Board has a big job. We'll help you understand it.


JPEF will host virtual candidate forums and publish candidate questionnaires.

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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

Upcoming Event

Election Day

This fall, voters will have a chance to determine the direction of our public schools through four School Board elections and a referendum on a half-penny sales tax for Duval County Public Schools.

  • Date: Tuesday, Nov 03, 2020
  • Time: 12:00AM to 11:59PM
  • Where: Your polling place
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2019 Education Poll

Support for half-penny for schools 

In JPEF's 2019 Public Perceptions Poll, the Jacksonville community said once again they would support a small tax for schools.

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Renaming Schools

You can help offset the costs of renaming six public schools that honor Confederates in their names.

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