EDDY Awards Impact: 'My students will always have a retreat'


Jeffrey Bellamy teaches students with intellectual disabilities, communication and sensory deficits at Mt. Herman Exceptional Student Center. Thanks to a classroom grant provided by Florida Blue as part of JPEF's EDDY Awards celebration, Mr. Bellamy's students now have a sensory retreat right in their classroom, any time they need it.

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Have questions on the Duval County Public Schools tax referendum? We have answers.


On May 7, the Duval County School Board voted to approve a resolution seeking a special election on Nov. 5, 2019, to ask voters to support a half-cent sales tax over 15 years to pay for a $2 billion plan to upgrade our school buildings. The issue now goes to City Council, who will consider whether and when the question goes to voters. The Jacksonville Public Education Fund has been following the issue closely, and we’ll keep you updated here and on Facebook and Twitter as more information becomes available.

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13 ways to thank a teacher

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 5-11.


As we prepare to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, we're sharing these to get you thinking about how you can support teachers this week, and every week of the year. 

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Reflections from Stephanie Bellino: "I have grown in ways I never thought possible"

The 2018 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year shares her reflections on what she learned.


"JPEF truly opened up not only my world, but that of my students as well."

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Upcoming Event

EDDY Awards

  • Date: Friday, Jan 17, 2020
  • Time: 7:00PM to 10:00PM
  • Where: Hyatt Regency, 220 E Coastline Drive
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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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