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Monday, October 27, 2014

Teacher says, Vitti doesn't want to hear from you

Below is from  a reader who is a teacher, they don't want to be identified because they are afraid of repercussions.

Vitti does not want to hear from you. 

He shut down Shared Decision Making Committees input into individual school budget making. 

He tells schools this is what you get. 

Later he admits ruefully that maybe his one size fits all approach needs refinement. But he doesn't listen. Anyone who emails him with concerns gets a terse "Follow protocol" response. All the surveys employees are asked to fill out--no where do they get an open comment box to tell him what they really want to say. 

Even the union with their FAME survey have stepped into this trap. He takes issue with a brave teacher who shows up to a Board meeting and uses the open/public comment period to talk about issues in the school. 

He says, "I don't mind his opinion, but he chose the wrong way to express it." But he gives us no other option. He says he meets weekly with employees drawn out of the ranks, but no one knows of anyone invited to meet with him.

 He plans a marketing campaign in which he will put students onto TV to talk about how great Duval schools are. Does he not realize another marketing campaign is going on and it has throughout his tenure? It is students going home and telling their parents how bad it is in their schools. And parents realizing that they need to get their kids out. That's why enrollment is collapsing. That's why we're down to 114,000 and likely to fall into 5 figures next year.

1 comment:

  1. Afraid of repercussions is right. Vitti has done nothing to reduce retaliation, though he said improving that would be one of his first priorities. Its much worse under Vitti then EPD. Vitti is a creep.