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Accountability and Data are great for teachers but completely unnecessary for the super and school board.

That was the message they sent to teachers and the public yesterday when they voted to extend superintendent Vitti’s contract.

The announced they had already decided to hold him harmless for this year, and I remind you this comes one year after a historically bad drop in student achievement here in Jacksonville, effectively gutting accountability. They simultaneously mentioned that the districts third and tenth graders as well as the districts teachers would not be getting a pass.  

In doing so they opted to ignore last year’s horrific data and this years as well (maybe they know something we don’t). Who cares how we do this year or how the QEA turns out they said, a lot of the members of the business community, i.e. our donors really, really like him, so we’re going to extend his contract for three more years.

The school board and the superintendent are always talking about the need to use data and to have accountability but it appears it’s only for other people not for them.

Hopefully the people of Jacksonville will remember this data and hold them accountable at the next election.

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