out of the Times Union and there has been no shortage of humdingers, Khristopher
Brooks wrote a piece extolling the virtues of former Jackson Principal and current
area chief Iranetta Wright.
The article started: When Iranetta Wright became principal at Jackson
High School five years ago not only was it the lowest performing school in
Duval County public schools but it was ranked lowest in Florid but today it was
ranked a B.
The article never mentioned the grades the school received while she
was principal there, which were F, D, F and B and that the B probably had as
much to do with almost half the student body leaving during her four years, a
change in the state grading system which saw grades all across the state rise
and the fact the district put a heroic amount of resources into the school. At
the very least the Times Union could have waited to see what the schools grade
will be this year before throwing her the parade on page one.
Where is the context, where are the details? As usual they are missing.
I submit an alley cat randomly batting balls around with all the resources and
change in grading formula could have done as well at Jackson high school and
would definitely been more popular.
Later she talked about how she improved the schools grade saying she
kept teachers who were dedicated to their children as if that was a problem
before she arrived and I guess must have been a problem her first three years
too. There was also no mention of the grading formula change, half the student
body leaving or the extra resources.
I don’t know if Mrs. Wright has a monkey’s paw or is a siren from old charming
men in her wake as she chugs towards the top but evidence doesn’t bear out
either her meteoric rise or the papers gushing review of her performance.
Look I hope she gets an epiphany, the schools under her charge are
going to need it and I hope she does a great job but the Times Union shouldn’t
report that she did a good job when the facts do not bear that out. Also couldn’t
the Times Union have written the article without her? All it did was provide
more evidence that the Times Union is out of touch.