Great public schools are essential to a great city. A well-educated community means a stronger workforce, more businesses with greater revenue, and higher home ownership rates.

In 2009, only 56% of students in Duval County graduated from high school. Today, our graduation rate is 85.1%. This is one example of how the Jacksonville Public Education Fund is igniting change for the better in our community. Our momentum is great, but we cannot afford to stop until every child in Duval County has access to a high quality education and is prepared to succeed.

EDTalks is an annual speaker series and luncheon that brings education's greatest thought leaders to Duval County. This year, we're excited to welcome Dr. Tony Wagner, one of the world's leading voices on education innovation.


We need your help: Host a table

By serving as a Table Host for the 10th anniversary EDTalks luncheon, you can help bring education thought leaders to share innovative ideas, best practices, and theories of change that are working around the country and around the world. This year’s event will feature Tony Wagner, Expert in Residence at the Harvard Innovation Lab, and a celebrated author of six books on education. This luncheon will also serve as an opportunity to celebrate the Jacksonville Public Education Fund's 10th anniversary, with a special announcement about the future of our work.

This is your opportunity to make an impact. 

By serving as a Table Host, you have the opportunity to not only assist us in improving the quality of education in Jacksonville but you also help us engage others in this work.  We are asking you to host a table for $5,000, $2,500, or $1,000 and invite eight other friends, colleagues or family members who care about our students and our schools to attend this event with you. Host benefits are listed on the following form for each level; however, the greatest benefit is better opportunities for our children.

I hope that we will be able to count on your support. Children are our greatest resource, and the best gift we can give them is a quality education. 

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Were you invited to attend EDTalks through a table host? Click here to register.


Celebrating JPEF's 10th anniversary and featuring speaker Tony Wagner

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Book Signing to Follow


The Omni Jacksonville

245 Water Street


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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