Look at their endorsements.
In 2 despite the fact all the candidates who did not make it to the general election endorsed Elizabeth Andersen, partly because they thought Howland would be in the pocket of charter schools, the editorial board wrote they weren't convinced he would be. I guess they just overlooked the tens of thousands of dollars from charters he has taken. Where they aren't convinced they sure are willing to roll the dice aren't they.
In 4 the editorial board endorsed Teach for America executive Darryl Willie saying the district was a delicate one. Well Willie is a transplant to the district and he never taught or went to the schools there and is funded by an anti public education Ponte Vedra million named Gary Chartrand. His opponent Cynthia Smith has lived her entire life in district 4, where she went to and taught in their schools and currently runs a business. It seems to me she would know a little more about the ins and out s of the district than Willie who has live their 7 years and run for school board twice. The editorial board perhaps most grievously also over looked that the district has phased Teach for America out. That's right, going forward DCPS doesn't want anymore of what Willie is selling.
Now in 6 they did endorse long time educator Charlotte Joyce over 30 year old, recent transplant to Jacksonville, David Chauncey. However they fawned over Chauncey saying he would be just as good as life long resident Joyce who also went to and currently works in our schools. Did I mention Chauncey has taken tens of thousands of dollars from charter school interests as well. I guess they aren't convinced he would be in their pocket either.
On one side, Willie, Chauncey and Howland, we have transplants, who worked a total of two years in our schools and who have taken tons of money from charter schools and vouchers and on the other side, Joyce, Smith and Andersen we have life long residents, graduates of DCPS and all current or former teachers who haven't taken any money from charter schools.
So what does the Times Union do, they endorse Willie and Howland and really wanted to endorse Chauncey too.
Once again, Jacksonville has not had the education system we deserve nor could have had and part of the reason why is we have not had a press that has done its due diligence and at the Times Union we have had an editorial board that has consistently been on the wrong side of education.
The City deserves better.