Trey Csar of the JPEF gives credit where it isn't due.
Here is my obligatory, I have met Trey Csar and have found him very affable and even though he is paid by a man who wants to privatize our schools I think he genuinely cares about the fate of our children, statement.
Now to explain how he is wrong once again.
From the Times Union, when talking about Superintendent Vitti’s self-evaluation: “He has put an explicit focus on closing the achievement gap, which is born out in the graduation rate and college preparedness rates,” said Trey Csar, president of Jacksonville Public Education Fund, a think tank and philanthropic organization. ”When it comes to low-income students and students of color, that is something that has long been needed in our community.”
And thank God we have these two white recent Harvard grad transplants to Jacksonville to save us and our poor black children right? The Hubris that drips from this quote is stunning and by long does he mean the five sine he has been here or the less than three for Vitti?
Yes nobody has been focusing on the African Americans in our community before Vitti got here, not Pervaila Gaines Macintosh and Bradford Hall. Not the NAACP, not any of the churches on the North and west side of town or me for that matter who have been fighting and pleading for years and years. Nope it all started when Vitti got here. Geeze louise?!?
And Trey gives Vitti credit for the rise in graduation rates and the closing of the achievement gap, something that had started before the two of them graced our city with their presence. That’s freaking unbelievable.
Then look at their solutions, Teach for America which does the exact opposite of what we know to be best for our students and charter schools which do worse than their public school counterparts and before you throw KIPP at me, they have smaller classes, longer days and spend about a third more than public schools do per child. And that’s the rub about Trey, all he knows is KIPP and Teach for America having never worked in a public school let alone a Jacksonville one.
If his statement is indicative of the think tank label the Times Union has given JPEF, then it’s apparent there isn’t much thinking going on.