Discipline did not improve in Jacksonville’s schools, ignoring discipline did.
In a previous blog Greg Sampson outlined all the steps that Superintendent Vitti has made to improve discipline, which begs the question why did he need to do them all if discipline was so great. The answer is it wasn’t.
The Times Union reported that discipline had improved greatly over the last six years, well friends that’s because the old superintendent used accounting tricks and the threat of reprisals to principals that trickled down to teachers if it didn’t. Discipline did not improve, teachers, many of who have left the system, instead were forced to ignore bad behavior which would have led to consequences in bygone eras.
We had to know we were in trouble when principals started to be evaluated on how many referrals were written and suspensions given at their schools, something Vitti has stopped doing.
Assistant principals became experts at losing and not processing referrals, discipline became a joke as children acted without fear of consequences in many of schools.
I know he is gone but why does the Times Union continue to cover for Ed Pratt Dannals, he and the last board dug a very deep hole for Vitti and the city.