For a long time, the school board has been used by politicians and would-be politicians looking to move up to other political positions. They don't care about our schools, don't know about or understand education, but time and time again we elect them and then we wonder why our schools are in the state they are in. We end up blaming teachers and parents for the no-win situations they are often put in by our apathy.
Only three current members of the board have any real education experience, and they are often overruled by the members with no education experience. Those four board members, by the way, have also taken a lot of money from for-profit charter schools and their supporters as well.
The media needs to start doing its job informing people how school board campaigns are being financed. Then, the people of Jacksonville--whether they have children in DCPS or not--need to do their jobs as well and vote for candidates who are interested in fixing our schools, not ones who represent special interests or see the board as a stepping stone to something else.*