Solutions that don’t break the bank, reinvent the wheel or marginalize our teachers are within our grasp. We could have rigorous classes, safe and disciplined schools and treat teachers like valued colleagues rather than easily replaceable cogs, and we could do so tomorrow if we wanted. Disclaimer, this is an opinion and commentary site and should not be confused as a news site, and you should know that quite often people may disagree with the opinions posted herein.
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Monday, July 1, 2013
Duval County’s strength, middle schools or who is the superintendent listening to?
Super has reorganized the top administration of the district creating four area
chiefs. The four people he chose to lead them are Addison Davis, Lawrence
Dennis, Kelly Coker-Daniel and Iranetta Wright. Quite by accident it dawned on
me that three of them made up last years middle school team.
Middle School Team Chief - Addison Davis Executive Director/Turnaround Specialist -
Lawrence Dennis Executive Director - Kelly Coker-Daniel
I didn’t realize that middle school was the
district’s strength. I bet Tommy Hazouri didn’t realize it either when last
fall he talked about how discipline was so bad in our middle schools
and that unless the district made them safe we will continue to lose kids and
families to charter schools, private schools and the surrounding counties.
Was the best the district had to offer the
middle school team and the principal of a school that just two years ago was
ranked the worst in all of Florida? I have heard varying degrees of Oh My God
what has the super done about three of them. Not Carolyn Davis, Mary Mikels or
one of the dozens of other department chiefs, executive directors or turnaround
specialists made the cut?
Think about this too. Addison Davis’s brother Mason Davis went from
admissions rep to running the entire ESE department. The degrees of separation
seem limited here. Now maybe I am just seeing patterns where none exist, I am
on summer vacation after all and I have more free time than I know what to do
with but the new top leadership comes form such a limited pool it’s hard for me
to believe that there isn’t somebody in the super’s ear and I just wonder who
that is and I wonder if that person is steering the district in the right