JPEF provides classroom grants in partnership with generous donors

Through our Educator Relief Funds, JPEF is supporting teachers, schools and students.

5/8/2020

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JPEF President published in the Florida Times-Union: Duval’s school system has responded well to dramatic changes

Rachael Tutwiler Fortune writes about the impact of coronavirus on public schools -- and the need to support our most vulnerable children.

5/7/2020

"Our public schools play a critical role in our community, especially for our students who are living in poverty."

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Nine reasons why online learning can’t replace public schools

If home learning has been so successful, why not do it all the time?

5/2/2020

So, during a recent City Council meeting, the question arose -- why don’t we do home learning all the time? Do we really need a half-penny to upgrade school buildings if Duval HomeRoom is going so well?

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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.

4/29/2020

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 watching their graduating seniors miss out during their last year of high school.

 

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Charter schools and coronavirus: Q&A with Wayman Academy Principal Simaran Bakshi

4/21/2020

Wayman Academy, an A-school serving disadvantaged students, has made a rapid transition to home learning independently of the school district. Learn more about how it's going.

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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

School Board Primary Elections

Four seats on the seven-member School Board are up for election this year. Learn about the candidates in our Advocacy Center so you can make an informed choice.

  • Date: Tuesday, Aug 18, 2020
  • Time: 7:00AM to 7:00PM
  • 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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