Solutions that don’t break the bank, reinvent the wheel or marginalize our teachers are within our grasp. We could have rigorous classes, safe and disciplined schools and treat teachers like valued colleagues rather than easily replaceable cogs, and we could do so tomorrow if we wanted. Disclaimer, this is an opinion and commentary site and should not be confused as a news site. Also know that quite often people may disagree with the opinions posted.
Is Vitti getting worse as a superintendent? He seems to think so.
In June of 2013 the superintendent gave himself 47 out of 48 highly effectives, Only Jesus, Tiger Woods and Micheal Jordan ever received more. That was after just seven months on the job. http://jaxkidsmatter.blogspot.com/2013/06/superintendent-vitti-doesnt-lack.html Fast forward to today and his self evaluation is a little different, now its still what most teachers would kill for but it's not walk on water. From the Times Union:
Duval Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti gave himself
“effective” ratings in a self-evaluation he turned in to school board members.
puts him one step below the top rating of “highly effective” but better than
the other ratings of “developing” or “needs improvement.” The board will decide
March 31 whether they agree with him when each member turns in their own
evaluation of the district’s top administrator.
Though if you read the piece he gives himself credit for everything short of the sun rising.
If I were evaluating Vitti I would give him needs improvement nearly across the board with the only highly effective coming in securing grants, even I am impressed with this administrations ability to do so.
Speaking honestly I feel the district has taken a major step back under his watch, mostly because as bad as things were under Pratt-Dannals we as a district weren't in danger of being privatized which is a constant threat with Vitti at the helm.
Has he done some nice things? Sure, but with teacher morale, discipline, the curriculum in elementary school and pushing back against mercenaries looking to make a buck off our children he has been a failure.