Legislative session recap: Was this in fact the ‘year of the teacher’?

It was a big year for education, even as coronavirus shifted priorities.

3/24/2020

New legislation and a state budget are now with the Governor for signing. So, where did we land on teacher pay and other issues? 

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Supporting public education during coronavirus

3/16/2020

JPEF President Rachael Tutwiler Fortune shared an update on the impact of coronavirus on our work.

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Q&A: What is teacher leadership, and why does it matter?

3/11/2020

At JPEF, we believe investing in teacher leadership has an impact far beyond one teacher’s classroom. To learn more about why this is, we put a few questions to Warren Buck, JPEF’s Director of Teacher Leadership.

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Eleven teachers selected for the inaugural Cindy Edelman Excellence in Teaching Fellowship

We're investing in teacher leadership in partnership with The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida.

3/6/2020

Eleven outstanding public school teachers are about to begin the professional learning experiences of their careers as the first winners of the Cindy Edelman Excellence in Teaching Fellowship.

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Northeast Florida Teachers of the Year come together for a day of learning and development

2/11/2020

The Jacksonville Public Education Fund, the Clay Education Foundation, and INK - Investing in Kids recently brought together teachers of the year from Duval, Clay, and St. Johns counties for a day of partnership and development around the topic of trauma-informed classroom practices. 

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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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Did You Know?

86.5 % of students district-wide graduated high school in 2019, a record high.

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