Diverse Voices: Wolfburg Fellowship for Social Justice in Education Empowers Teachers and Students in Duval County Schools

The Wolfburg Fellowship for Social Justice in Education connects cultures, builds empathy


Within the halls of Duval County schools, you can hear a multitude of languages being spoken by the diverse student body. According to Duval County Public Schools, the students’ cultural backgrounds represent more than 14 different languages, and Jacksonville’s diversity is increasing, according to the last U.S. Census.

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Andrew Lodge - 2023 Teacher of the Year Finalist


Less than 6% of teachers in Duval County are black men, so to be able to represent that small percentage in a big way such as Teacher of the Year finalist is amazing. It has been a humbling honor if I could say the least. This experience has allowed me to enter rooms and spaces that I did not even know existed. Also, having my work in the classroom and around my school validated from others is another bonus within itself. This experience, which JPEF does a great job with, is always building you up professionally, spiritually, emotionally, and socially.

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Our Children's Future: New Mission & Framework from JPEF

Join us in shaping the future for Jacksonville


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Rutledge Pearson Elementary School: A Cutting-Edge Learning Hub with Innovative Design and Safety Measures


When the school year beginning today on Aug. 14, students attending Rutledge H. Pearson Elementary School will be stepping into a new building with tall ceilings, bright, vibrant colors, flexible learning environments and advanced safety measures.

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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 w ...Read More

Half-penny sales tax will go on the ballot in fall 2020

Education advocates reacted to the news by saying they'll support the sales tax.

“This is a long-awaited historic moment in Duval County,” said JPEF President Rachael Tutwiler Fortune. “Our students need 21st century schools, and our independent research has shown that 78.5 percent of Duval County residents support ...Read More

Education Innovator Speaks in Jacksonville about What Students Need to Succeed in the 21st Century

JPEF also celebrated 10 years of impact and launched a new School Leadership Initiative.

Dr. Tony Wagner, an internationally acclaimed author and education innovator, shared a thought-provoking message about the future of education with more than 350 education and community leaders today as the keynote speaker of the Jacksonville Publ ...Read More




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