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Friday, March 30, 2012

What has to happen before the people say enough to the school board?!?

The school board mislead the public when they fired the superintendent.

They showed they didn’t know what they were doing when they pled poverty, firing people, cutting salaries and ending programs, while they sat on over a hundred million dollars. There was also the Bank of America school fiasco too.

They start new programs that fail, like the reading initiative that they packed with too many students and Schools of the Future for overage students which was in such disarray that they fired the principal mid year and are currently still looking for missing equipment.

They outsourced the management of four schools at the price of two million dollars because they couldn’t come up with solutions.

They have ignored locals that can’t find teaching positions and brought in hobbyists to work as teachers in our most struggling schools.

Under this boards watch both teacher morale and student accountability have been destroyed.

Because of their changes to grade recovery, attendance and behavior no longer matter.

We have one of the worse graduation rates in the state and our FCAT scores are some of the lowest.

Only a quarter of the kids who take A.P. tests pass them and we spend over a million dollars annually on failed tests.

So what happens? Betty Burney and Martha Barrett decide to run for third and fourth terms and a former mayor throws Barrett a fundraiser with the city’s who’s who in attendance.

Jacksonville what is it going to take?

1 comment:

  1. Things will only improve when voters stop being lazy and start getting involved. They have become apathetic to the cause and seem to have adopted the "better the devil you know than the devil you don't know" attitude.

    When it's time to vote, vote your conscience, vote your children's future, and vote for the betterment of Duval County schools. Voting for candidates because we know their names, we've seen them on TV, and they look good in a suit are stupid reasons. And not voting at all is even worse. Don't keep making that mistake, guys!