From the Times Union
The coalition, which includes Jacksonville Civic Council, JAX Chamber, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, United Way of Northeast Florida and the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, said they stand behind Vitti and the Board and “encourage them to follow through on their commitment to work with a mediator to unify and resolve their differences.”
It should have read, Gary Chartrand, Gary Chartrand, Gary Chartrand foundation of North East Florida, the United Way and Gary Chartrand, said they stand behind Vitti and the Board and “encourage them to follow through on their commitment to work with a mediator to unify and resolve their differences.”
These are ASJ's people too. lets face it she's not hob hobnobbing with teachers and parents at the Applebees, no she's at the River Club with the city's elite. She's Gary Chartrand's protege after all and for her even to suggest their anointed one isn't getting the job done takes huge you know whats, way bigger than mine and I write a daily column called the stupid things that Scott Shine says and does, by the way look for my future daily column, the stupid things Scott Shine says and does.
The coalition doesn't care about the city's children, schools and teachers, they care about control, the control that Vitti gives them. If they did care then they wouldn't have fought against a change.
Friends, there is a war for the soul and future of education going on in Duval County. on one side you have educators and parents, who want good programs, and safe schools and on the other people like Chartrand and his coalition of elites, that want to marginalize teachers and privatize our schools. They won the battle to keep the superintendent... for now but hopefully he has learned that his shenanigans have placed him on thin ice.
So Mrs. Smith Juarez thank you for opening the city's eyes, you didn't win this one for the city's teachers and children but that doesn't mean you won't win the next one.