Translation, you better pick who we want you to pick.
Today a group of "civic leaders" had an editorial published in the Times Union.
Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a civic leader?
I have written more prolifically about local education than anyone in Jacksonville's history and been published hundreds of times and I am just a blogger, though SB member Scott Shine has referred to me as a parasite.
I even half jokingly asked the TU to stop referring to me as a blogger once as my friends pick on me when they hear that, and said how about education advocate instead, and they said, no we couldn't do that.
So how do people get titles? Yeah, you are right, we all know, and that's money.
If you are rich you are a civic leader, if you are not you are a blogger unless they dislike what you say and then you are a parasite.
Back to the editorial you can read it here:
Ugh, the last person we should be taking suggestions from is Poppy Clements and her gang of ne're do wells. I don't believe for a second that the city's teachers and students are their priority, instead controlling them is.
I believe the community is split on Vitti, sure most people, even I could point to some nice things he did, but most parents and teachers, you know those closest to what is going on are okay with him leaving, while"civic leaders" and Times Union editors, or you know those who don't have a clue to what is going on, want him to stay/lament him leaving.
Therein lies the rub. The super may still be here, and please he had to see the writing on the wall, had he tried to include parents and teachers, listened to their concerns and tried to work with them. Instead Vitti preferred hobnobbing with editors and "civic leaders".
At the end of the day these people are not civic, and they sure as heck are not leaders.
They closed their editorial by writing, "Our organizations stand ready and willing to assist the board in any way we can..." to which I would suggest to the board run.