Four facts about elected vs. appointed superintendents

Find out why 98 percent of school districts have an appointed superintendent.


Coming on the heels of the tax referendum controversy is a new proposal to have an elected, instead of School Board-appointed, Superintendent for Duval County Public Schools (DCPS). Here are four facts about why Duval County has an appointed superintendent.

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Superintendent with education background wanted as candidate selection begins


In addition to the feedback collected by the school district, JPEF has been listening to the community in a variety of settings for the past year, hearing from close to 400 students, parents and community members about what we need in our next superintendent.

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“Education background, willing to learn from others” among top superintendent qualities


At the most recent round of community meetings hosted by the Duval County School Board--all attended by at least one JPEF staff member--a couple themes emerged: people want a superintendent who is trustworthy, willing to learn from others and committed to creating a positive culture in our district.

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What makes a superintendent great and why it matters for Jacksonville


As the leader of our local public education system, Duval County’s next school superintendent will play a critical role in carrying out that vision. 

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4th Annual Perceptions Poll shows high support for teachers, including increased compensation


Teachers remain highly valued by Duval County residents according to the Jacksonville Public Education Fund’s Annual Public Education Perceptions Poll, which measures community opinion. This year, the poll intentionally oversampled parents in an effort to learn more about their involvement in schools and gain insight into their unique perspectives.

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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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