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 a small tax increase to provide better school buildings. We hope that our community will vote YES to give our children the education they deserve.”

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School leader spotlight: How to build positive school culture in a pandemic

JPEF supports Principal Marva McKinney through the School Leadership Initiative. Here's how she's building a great school culture during COVID-19.


Like schools around Duval County, Cedar Hills has made a quick transition to home learning because of the coronavirus pandemic. Recently, she and the teachers at Cedar Hills organized a parade through her students’ neighborhoods to give them some encouragement and motivation as they finished their first week of home learning through Duval HomeRoom. 

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Tips from parent leaders: Making learning a fun activity at home


We reached out to graduates of Parents Who Lead, the parent leadership program JPEF supports, to learn what's working for them in this new reality of home learning.

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City Council will consider tax referendum for schools (again)

The Duval School Board's request for a referendum has several sponsors on the Council.


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Parent leaders graduate ready to make an impact for children


While the formal training is ending, the impact is just beginning.

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Upcoming Event

School Board Primary Elections

Four seats on the seven-member School Board are up for election this year. Learn about the candidates in our Advocacy Center so you can make an informed choice.

  • Date: Tuesday, Aug 18, 2020
  • Time: 7:00AM to 7:00PM
  • 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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Renaming Schools

You can help offset the costs of renaming six public schools that honor Confederates in their names.

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