Raines teacher named 2020 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year

1/17/2020

Leena Hall, an outstanding educator at Raines High School, was named the 2020 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year at the 29th Annual EDDY Awards, hosted by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund.

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New graduation rates show DCPS increasing for the sixth consecutive year

1/9/2020

Florida released public school graduation rates today, and the news is positive in Duval County. 

The county’s graduation rate rose from 85.1% to 86.5%, an increase of 1.4 percentage points over the prior year. This represents the sixth consecutive year that Duval County has increased its graduation rate. Additionally, this represents the third consecutive year that Duval County has had a larger percentage point increase than Florida (+0.8 percentage points).

 

 

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Meet the team: Elizabeth Krajewski, Senior Manager of Data and Research

Meet the team: Elizabeth Krajewski, Senior Manager of Data and Research

1/6/2020

Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF) is excited to welcome Elizabeth Krajewski to our team! We invite you to learn more about Elizabeth and how she developed her passion for ensuring excellent education opportunities exist for all students in Duval County.

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Five Teachers Named Finalists for 2020 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year

Five outstanding public school teachers were named finalists for the 2020 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year today.

12/4/2019

“These teachers are outstanding educators in the classroom, helping students achieve their goals to be successful in college, career and life,” said Rachael Tutwiler Fortune, President of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund. “But they also stand out because they are teacher leaders, making an impact beyond their classrooms. We are proud to empower them even more as teacher leaders through the EDDYs Experience.” 

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Teacher of the Year speaks out on Florida Standards

One of Duval County's leading teachers wrote a guest column for the Florida Times-Union.

11/19/2019

"Looking at the big picture, the real question is whether better standards will result in higher student achievement and better schools. Standards alone are not the key to either of those things."

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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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