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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Jacksonville Public education fund staff has zero years of teaching experience in Jacksonville

And as a group only a handful of years of public education experience over all.

Do you ever wonder who is planning our education policy? Well it’s a bunch of transplants and Teach for America and KIPP alumni and that without out a doubt drives their philosophy, that and the money they receive from Gary Chartrand the grocer who went from top fifty in grocery store news to the chair of the state board of education. He recently said what they state board needs is a citrus grower.

The JPEF has done some nice things, their plan to connect donors to teachers is great and they have some nice tools on their web-site that gives you info about schools but their policy stances are terrible.

They despite the knowledge that Jacksonville experiences massive teacher turnover are committed to bringing more TFA teachers to town which will exacerbate the problem and lead to poor instruction and they recently called for a school Value Added Measurement despite the fact no reputable education researcher or mathematician thinks it is a good idea. Then there is the reason they support common core, so kids in every state can be learning the same thing and take the same test, something that common core, which will siphon untold millions perhaps billions out of classrooms doesn't even offer.

I am beginning to think former mayor and school board member Tommy Hazouri got it right, and I haven’t said that often, when he ridiculed the JPEF and sarcastically asked who they were.


  1. Chris -- I just wanted to correct you on the key accusation you make in your post. Six of the staff members at the Jacksonville Public Education Fund are former educators, and together they bring nearly three decades of teaching experience in public schools, primarily in low-income public district schools.

    I hope that you're doing well, but would encourage you to reach out when you have questions to make sure the information you have is correct. There are times when we will agree and times when we won't, but we try diligently to keep lines of communication open and respectful.

  2. Okay I will bite, I thought i was pretty thorough but I guess I could have missed something.
    How many years of public school teaching experience in Jacksonville does the staff have?
    How about public school teaching in Florida?
    How about public school teaching over all, not in colleges or in charter or private schools because those are different and to be honest I couldn't find much of above.
    My premise is this limited experience the staff has, despite some good things you have done, have led to some I and others believe terrible policy suggestions.

  3. Like you, Chris, I noticed your title was about Jacksonville; however, Csar responded that 6 had nearly 30 years of teaching experience (in general). You are right to question him. Beyond that, nearly 30 years is nothing to really praise. If you average it out, that is a little less than 5 years apiece. They essentially represent the 50% of educators who quit after 5 years!

  4. I don't see much public school teaching experience either. We have enough admins at DCPS who don't remember what a classroom is like. This is just JPEF piling on. They need to get real jobs.