The Jacksonville Public Education Fund is an independent
nonprofit organization that works to connect research with civic
voice to bring about unified action in support of universally
high-quality public schools for all children in Duval County. We
believe that an informed and active citizenry, together with
attentive and aligned community leadership, will move our schools
forward to prepare students with the skills they need for future
Three core strategies form the basis of our work: research, community mobilization and advocacy. Learn
more about what we do and how we do it. Find out about the
history of the organization here.
Inform and mobilize the community to advocate for universally
high-quality public schools for all children.
Jacksonville is a community where every child has the
opportunity to attend a high-quality public school.
These principles guide our decisions and actions:
Community-Focused. We listen constantly and
carefully to the public and community organizations and work to
ensure they have the tools they need to ensure all children have
access to high-quality public education.
Data-driven and Transparent. We invest in
objective research and evaluation, and rely on it to make
decisions. We trust in our data, and make it freely available for
others to evaluate independently.
Collaborative. We work to connect and
collaborate with the school district and community organizations
working on behalf of children. We listen to a wide variety of
voices in our decision-making.
Inclusive and Respectful. We intentionally work
to include diverse voices at the decision-making table. We value
the wisdom of each person's unique experience.
Long-term Commitment. We pledge to keep our
eyes trained on the ultimate goal of ensuring high-quality public
education for all children in Duval County. Our organization is
structured and funded with a long-term focus.
Student-Centered. We make decisions first and
foremost on what is in the best interest of children in Duval
County, with a special focus on students who face barriers to
obtaining a high-quality education. We believe all students can
achieve at high levels when provided with high-quality instruction
What we stand for
Our board of directors has adopted the following belief
statements around key issues in public education.
Value of Public Education in the
Universally high-quality public schools are fundamental to our
democracy and way of life. They are the primary determinant of our
city and country's safety, economic prosperity, and future success.
We believe that an informed, engaged and collaborative community,
where excellent public education is a vital and essential issue in
the life of our city and community, makes our schools stronger and
Every child, no matter where they live and regardless of race or
income, must have access to a high-quality public school, as well
as resources and supports that level the playing field so that all
children can graduate prepared for college and the workforce.
The most important factor in raising student achievement is the
quality of the teacher in the classroom. We believe that a key
priority in public schools should be to recruit, retain, develop,
support and evaluate the best teachers and leaders.
We believe that all students should be held to high standards to
ensure that they graduate ready for college and the workforce. We
believe Common Core State Standards represent a significant advance
toward this goal and should be fully implemented and progress
measured against other states.
We believe that Duval County Public Schools uses the limited funds
it has efficiently, but needs increased monetary
resourcesandefficiency in their use in order to provide a high-
quality education to all children.
Testing and Accountability
Standardized testing and school and staff accountability is
necessary to ensure that all students are being fully and equally
educated. We believe that testing should be used to identify areas
where students need support and should not overburden instructional
time. We believe that school and educator accountability should be
based at least partially on student growth and used to reward
effectiveness. Accountability models should include multiple
performance measures and be understandable and accessible to
parents and community members.
Whole Child Education
Every child should be educated from a holistic perspective,
recognizing that physical, emotional and social components are key
to academic success and fulfillment in life.
We believe that students and their families should be able to
learn about and choose from a variety of high-quality public
education options, including magnet programs, career academies and
charter schools. Traditional public schools and these other options
should be allowed to compete fairly, under equivalent funding and
Role of Technology
In this 21st Century world, technology must play a key role in
instruction, helping engage and personalize education for students.
We must move quickly to a time when all students and teachers are
given digital devices and all teachers are trained and expected to
use them daily in order to give students the skills to be
successful in a technology-driven future.
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