JPEF President published in the Florida Times-Union: Duval’s school system has responded well to dramatic changes

Rachael Tutwiler Fortune writes about the impact of coronavirus on public schools -- and the need to support our most vulnerable children.


"Our public schools play a critical role in our community, especially for our students who are living in poverty."

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Nine reasons why online learning can’t replace public schools

If home learning has been so successful, why not do it all the time?


So, during a recent City Council meeting, the question arose -- why don’t we do home learning all the time? Do we really need a half-penny to upgrade school buildings if Duval HomeRoom is going so well?

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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 watching their graduating seniors miss out during their last year of high school.


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The Jacksonville Public Education Fund Receives a $30,000 Grant from Truist for COVID-19 Relief Efforts


The grant is part of the financial services company’s Truist Cares initiative, a $25 million philanthropic pledge announced in March to support basic needs, medical supplies and financial hardship relief due to COVID-19. 

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Charter schools and coronavirus: Q&A with Wayman Academy Principal Simaran Bakshi


Wayman Academy, an A-school serving disadvantaged students, has made a rapid transition to home learning independently of the school district. Learn more about how it's going.

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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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Renaming Schools

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

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