Reflection on Leadership Transition


Friends -- 

Transitions can be perceived as challenges, but they are truly times for reflection, renewal, and adjustment. We have a number of transitions occurring in the Jacksonville educational arena right now, from our new superintendent of schools beginning next month to three of our institutions of higher learning bringing on new leadership. In this time of transition at JPEF, I want you to know that we remain more committed than ever to working to improve the quality of our teachers and schools as to serve as a voice for needed change.

Leadership is a critical component of ensuring high quality schools. The Duval County School Board is that leader for more than 125,000 students each year. Election season is upon us, and three school board seats will be filled this November.  We want you to know where your candidates stand so that you can make an informed decision when you vote. JPEF will be hosting a series of virtual forums so that you can hear the candidates’ positions on important issues as well as learn more about how they want to impact Duval County Public Schools.

District 4 Public Forum - Aug. 7

District 2 Public Forum - Aug. 8

District 6 Public Forum - Aug. 9

All forums will be held from 6 p.m. – 8 pm. You are welcome to join us in Room 219 in the Jessie Ball duPont Center (40 East Adams Street) or you can watch our live stream on our Facebook page.

We hope that you will actively engage in these transitions and continue to work with us to make schools better, support our teachers, and improve learning for all of our students!

Rachael Tutwiler Fortune, Interim President 
Jacksonville Public Education Fund 




of public schools in Duval County earned an "A," "B," or "C" in 2021-2022.