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Friday, July 11, 2014

Predicting Vitti’s response to school grades

School grades for elementary and middle schools are due out today and I thought I would take a moment to predict Vitti’s remarks.

We have seen great improvement over numerous categories and this is evidence of all the hard work that has Jacksonville headed in the right direction. 

Likely they will be mixed we’ll see some improvement here and some decline there but he will make it sound like this is the best thing to happen to Jacksonville since Dave and Busters came to town.

This despite the fact that he has questioned that all the changes to school grades have made them all but irrelevant. This is called having your cake and eating it too.

Superintendent Browning of Pasco county agrees with Vitti about school grades and in fact has told his schools and teachers to ignore the school grades because he dropped the “all but” part from his assessment.

The truth is in all our schools we have great things going on and in all our schools we can do things better which really is the way it has always been and will always be. The truth is school grades tell you more about zip codes than what is happening in the schools and the truth is because school grades have been used as punitive and privatization tools they have done more harm than good.