Parents Who Lead



Parents Who Lead teaches parents/caregivers who want to improve the lifelong health, safety and learning of children, how to become change agents. Parents Who Lead is an initiative that seeks to turn parents/caregivers into civic leaders and a training ground in civics and democracy.

The initiative is a partnership between JPEF, Duval County Public Schools, the Jacksonville Public Library and the Kids Hope Alliance.

Parent Leaders are offered 20 training sessions using the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) curriculum which is built on adult learning practices.

In March 2019, we celebrated the graduation of the first cohort of parents to complete the program. In September, we welcomed the second cohort of parents, who are now meeting weekly for the program.


Kiersten Washell
Parents are not always patient when it comes to health and safety of our children. We demand immediate attention and swift solutions. Unfortunately, we are often disappointed because there is a process that we are not always made privy to. It is simple. Voice your concerns, grab the attention of the decision makers and wait…and then repeat. You will not be ignored and you will see results."
— Tiffany Clark

School Facts Jax

The Jacksonville Public Education Fund puts data about school performance in the hands of parents and guardians through our School Facts Jax database on our web site. Parents and others can look up information about schools near them, including student test scores, student demographics and specialized programs. 

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Through ONE by ONE community engagement events, people from all over Duval County join together to learn and share about the state of public schools and take action to move public education forward. Through quarterly public education forums, the annual ONE by ONE Convention and smaller meetings throughout the year, delegates and volunteers are an active voice for positive change in public education.

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"Teachers Are More" Campaign

Our country has a teacher shortage, and Duval County is no exception. Enrollment in colleges of education is on the decline, and we're struggling to retain the teachers we have. A JPEF report found that almost one in two teachers leaves the classroom within five years of starting out. To become a community that celebrates and respects teachers, JPEF launched the "Teachers Are More" campaign, an effort to share the powerful stories of the impact teachers have made in the lives of our community members. 

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Teachers Are More

Teachers lay the foundation for what our city is and what it has the potential to be. Help us elevate stories of incredible teachers in Duval schools!

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Learn about JPEF's independent analysis on education issues in Duval County in our research.

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Stay Informed

Stay up-to-date with developments in education at the national, state and local level as well as opportunities for public education advocates to make a difference!

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Upcoming Event

EDDY Awards

  • Date: Friday, Jan 17, 2020
  • Time: 7:00PM to 10:00PM
  • Where: Hyatt Regency, 220 E Coastline Drive
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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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