Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Did Vitti cover for Mason Davis, or did Davis keep him in the dark?
Either way I find his response to WJCT’s Rhema Thompson very troubling.
The news comes weeks after anby the Florida Department of Education determined that it violated federal and state laws pertaining to special instruction for students with disabilities in math and reading.
Vitti has said he brought Davis in as head of the special education department to help revamp the program which has had a history of issues.
When asked about his decision to promote Davis on the heels of the state department's investigation, Vitti said the findings weren't reflective of Davis' role in the district.
"You certainly want a system of monitoring and tracking of a lot of the instances that were highlighted in the findings," he said. "But at the end of the day, most of the findings were linked to what was properly or improperly done by principals; and those principals, A. Did not report directly to Mason Davis; and in many ways, it is humanly impossible to be in each of those schools looking at each of those situations."
I was at a district ESE meeting in December where teacher after teacher told Davis about the problems in the schools. How they were being called away from their children, told not to get subs and being given impossible schedules among other things.
Did Davis keep those complaints to himself? Did he do something to try and fix them? If he did it wasn’t enough because the state was investigating us five months later.
I don’t know if he is qualified for his new job or not, it seems like anybody can be the director of curriculum the way we go through them and I do find Davis generally affable but to pass the buck like this and plead ignorance isn’t right and either Vitti is covering for him, Vitti was kept in the dark, or they either didn’t care or couldn’t fix the problems any of which should give us pause.But to blame ESE problems on rogue principals is ridiculous. Some may not have been doing their job but I vote it was the director of ESE or the superintendent because they should have been making sure that they were. Where does the buck stop around here?