Monday, August 11, 2014
Should school board members be endorsing candidates?
I have heard of outgoing school board members endorsing candidates before, Gentry endorsed Hall and in 2012 and Lee has endorsed the younger version of himself Scott Shine but for as long as I have been following the school board I can’t remember a sitting member doing so. So I was blown away reading that Jason Fischer has endorsed Scott Shine
Now you might be saying but city council members and members of congress always endorse the mayoral or presidential candidate that represents their parties. The thing is school board races are supposed to be non-partisan, political affiliation is supposed to play no role. Unfortunately that is no longer the case. Look at Orange Park and how Van Zant used political chicanery to disenfranchise the democrats and independents there. Then closer to home Jason Fischer the Mandarin representative ran on his close ties to Jeb Bush and the Republican Party.
If Shine doesn’t win, then Fischer has just made his job and the job of governing our schools that much more difficult and for what? What points does he get for jeopardizing the good working order of the board?