Education. Photo credit: woodleywonderworks
Photo credit: woodleywonderworks

Jacksonville Public Education Fund President Trey Csar guests on Urban Jacksonville Weekly Monday February 8th at 9:30am
w/ guest Mary Kelli Palka, education reporter at the Times-Union
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One item that doesn’t get much positive attention in Jacksonville is education. Now that I’m a parent of 2 (gulp) children, it’s something I’m forced to think about on a weekly, and increasingly, daily basis as my 4 year old prepares to enter kindergarten.

Magnet school or neighborhood school? Private or public? Will we make the right decisions and how will they map the future course of our child’s education? One question we have answered is we’ll be staying right here in Duval County.

This Monday we’ll be talking to Trey Csar, President of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund. The non-profit organization was formed in 2009 to take the place of the former The Alliance for World Class Education, which worked for more than 10 years on teacher recognition and enhancing non-instructional areas of the Duval County school system.

It is focused on student achievement, especially for at-risk students and in lower-performing schools and has the following goals:

  • work with local education and community leaders to create programs to help reduce drop-outs
  • increase the graduation rate
  • erase the achievement gap

There’s not much information online about the JPEF so this should be an informative show. The best place to keep up with them is the Jacksonville Public Education Fund Twitter account.

Required Reading

Five Strategies to Help Education Leaders Break Free
Knowledge is Power Program
Teach for America
Duval schools joins Race to the Top bid with union’s backing

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