The first thing they have to do is junk the “all is well message” that the district constantly tries to shovel down our throats and that the Times Union parrots. We know things aren't all right, we know that despite pockets of success we are underachieving and we are not buying what the district is selling and I know this because recently there have been more housing starts in St. Johns than in Duval, the flat growth of our student population despite the city’s overall growth, the counties that most people move to when they leave Jacksonville are
the counties closest to Jacksonville, despite the recession there has been a rise in private school enrollment and finally because I work in our schools and I talk to my colleagues and they feel the same way.
People are voting with their feet.
I don’t have a problem with us celebrating our successes and we have had some but I have a huge problem with us whitewashing or ignoring our failures and we have had many and chief among those has been the
leadership coming out of 1701 Prudential Drive.