Let voters decide on half-penny sales tax for public schools


Since January, our community has been discussing a half-cent sales tax to repair and replace our aging school buildings. The Jacksonville Public Education Fund, as an independent, data-driven organization working to close the opportunity gap in traditional and charter public schools in Duval County, calls on the Jacksonville City Council to place the School Board’s resolution on the ballot. The voters should have the chance to better fund our public schools.

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Rachael Tutwiler Fortune: Great leaders are the linchpin of great schools


How can we put even more of our young people on the path to success? Research and experience suggest that it takes hardworking, effective educational leaders to help put kids on this path.


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10 Years of Powering Potential: Catching up with Apryl Shackelford, 2013 Duval County Teacher of the Year


As JPEF celebrates 10 years of powering potential this year, we're catching up with some of the people who have been impacted by our work. The 2013 Duval County Teacher of the Year, Apryl Shackelford, is now working in Miami public schools. She looks back on her time as Teacher of the Year as a pivotal moment in her career.

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10 Years of Powering Potential: Catching up with Allishia Bauman


As JPEF celebrates our 10th anniversary this year, we’re catching up with some of the people who have been impacted by our work. Allishia Bauman was featured in one of JPEF’s first initiatives, the 1 in 3 exhibit at the Cummer Museum, which highlighted the stories of students who struggled to graduate from high school. 

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EDDYs Impact: Elevating and empowering teacher leaders


JPEF has turned the EDDY Awards, Jacksonville’s teacher of the year celebration, into the yearlong EDDYs experience for Duval’s top teachers, designed to celebrate, elevate and empower teacher leaders and retain them in the classroom. Here's what Duval's top teachers said about the experience.

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Upcoming Event


Join us at EDTalks to learn how great public schools can catalyze economic growth for our city.

  • Date: Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019
  • Time: 11:30AM to 1:00PM
  • Where: The Omni Jacksonville Hotel
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2019 Education Poll

Support for half-cent tax 

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?

85.1 % of students district-wide graduated high school in 2018, a record high.

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