Wednesday, January 22, 2014
The Jacksonville Public education fund staff has zero years of teaching experience in Jacksonville
And as a group only a handful of years of public education experience over all.
Do you ever wonder who is planning our education policy? Well it’s a bunch of transplants and Teach for America and KIPP alumni and that without out a doubt drives their philosophy, that and the money they receive from Gary Chartrand the grocer who went from top fifty in grocery store news to the chair of the state board of education. He recently said what they state board needs is a citrus grower.
The JPEF has done some nice things, their plan to connect donors to teachers is great and they have some nice tools on their web-site that gives you info about schools but their policy stances are terrible.
They despite the knowledge that Jacksonville experiences massive teacher turnover are committed to bringing more TFA teachers to town which will exacerbate the problem and lead to poor instruction and they recently called for a school Value Added Measurement despite the fact no reputable education researcher or mathematician thinks it is a good idea. Then there is the reason they support common core, so kids in every state can be learning the same thing and take the same test, something that common core, which will siphon untold millions perhaps billions out of classrooms doesn't even offer.
I am beginning to think former mayor and school board member Tommy Hazouri got it right, and I haven’t said that often, when he ridiculed the JPEF and sarcastically asked who they were.