The Quality Education for All Fund is a large pool of private dollars that is invested in programs and initiatives designed to attract and retain high-quality teachers and leaders for Duval County Public Schools. The QEA Fund is the culmination of the Quality Education for All initiative, launched in 2004 by The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida to improve the performance of all public school students in Duval County, with particular attention to the gaps in achievement along socio-economic and racial/ethnic lines. Through the QEA Fund, investments are aligned with the Duval County school district, providing resources that will complement, not supplant, public investments. The QEA Fund is housed at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, and overseen by an Advisory Group of QEA Fund major donors. The Jacksonville Public Education Fund is charged with administering the recommended grants, with financial and programmatic oversight by The Community Foundation.
While Duval County Public Schools has sufficient resources for professional development of veteran teachers and leaders, it has more limited resources for attracting, nurturing and keeping talented new educators – the teachers and leaders of today and tomorrow. The Quality Education for All Fund invests in the human talent needed in classrooms and schools, with the majority of the funds focused on 36 of Duval County’s highest-need schools, which include Raines, Ribault and Jackson high schools and the 33 elementary and middle schools that feed into them. Research tells us that the single most important in-school factor in a child’s education is the quality of the teacher in the classroom and, by extension, the leader in the school, with a particular focus on the district’s most-challenged schools. Improving teacher effectiveness is the factor most likely to improve academic achievement among students.