control away from local communities and Jeb Bush love them all. Funny because I
thought local control was a plank of the Republican Party but it turns out it
is just one more of those things they talk about but don’t really believe in.
(re: privatization), weighed in and it’s significant because I bet she doesn’t
go to the restroom without running it by the old Jebster, when Lee County
decided to exercise local control and opt-out at least temporarily of the
states standardized testing system.
County School Board’s vote to abandon Florida’s academic tests and with it,
their responsibility for the success of the community’s students.
provide an honest assessment to parents of how their children are progressing
in school, they also prepare students for the future because tests are a part
cornerstone of a strong accountability system that allows our children to learn
to their full potential and be competitive with their peers across the state,
nation and around the globe. Tests also shine a light on where school systems
need to improve, where they need to invest more resources. Without them some
schools and students would fall through the cracks.
neglecting its duty to ensure a meaningful education for their students and
uphold state law.”
small number of state tests which actually provide taxpayers and the public
with some meaningful measure of how schools and districts are performing across
the state, Lee County should first look locally. Last year, the county required
more than 160 tests over and above state required assessments. A better choice
would be focusing on fewer and better tests in their own community instead of
using the state as a scapegoat.”
Jeb knows what’s best for your children and you’re worse than pond scum if
you question him.
stand up to unjust laws and in my mind that’s exactly what the Lee County
School board is doing, and doing it because they both know and care about their
children something we definitely can’t say about Bush and his cronies.
children. If they did instead of filtering them into sub-standard options that
resist accountability they would be working night and day to help improve our
schools, to make sure they had proper resources and programs and that their staff
members were well provided for and treated with respect, or you know the exact
opposite of what is happening now.
worst when it comes to education.
is now apparent to me that the Association’s stance on educating low income
students and access to choice in education is too conflicting with my own. “It
saddens me that the FSBA would take a position that looks to eliminate
customization in education.”
last legislative session, I have worked, in good faith, with many that now wish
to eliminate school choice for all,” he said. “It is apparent that these groups
were disingenuous with their efforts and have put their political views over
that of our students’ needs.”
and unions have ganged up to use these children as a political ploy. Quite
simply, this careless action could have terrible consequences on the lives of
Florida’s poorest children, who with the help of this program have a chance to
Excellence in Education: “If these organizations sat down and talked to
the families benefiting from this hugely popular program, I think they’d be
humbled and embarrassed by their actions.”
threatened to play a larger role in Florida school board races in the future.
FSBA moves forward with this reckless suit, the Florida Federation for Children
will actively serve the interests of parents and become involved in more school
board races for years to come,”
completely unlike the ones vouchers pay for, “I believe
in choice and in freedom especially for those children that have limited
mobility and limited financial resources. The Florida tax credit scholarships
provide this freedom for our most underserved population to choose a school
that best serves their needs. The
FSBA “is acting without consideration for this population by filing a law
suit against this program. This is surprising and disheartening, and I call on
them to rethink their position and withdraw the lawsuit.” –
Crisafulli: “This proven, popular program is essential for preparing children
for success in college and the workforce. I hope School Board
members will reconsider their actions and put the needs of children first.”
schools of resources, blamed teachers and deamonized their representatives.
They have subjugated the children to high stakes testing and teachers to VAM
based evaluations, which nobody who is knowledgeable thinks.
For the children? Not even close.
You can leave a comment here or send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and I promise to be discreet.
I know some people are afraid but I am reminded of the old saying all it takes for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing. Abuse and disrespect rarely stop just because you hope it does.
Abusers have no concept of the damage they perpetuate, as the boss bullies the employees, the students suffer. If he talks like that to grown, educated adults, imagine how he speaks to and about students and parents. A school should be a Safe Space for all. One must wonder why the district chose to rehire a man with a reputation for bullying, is it ignorance or do they simply believe that the school deserves to be punished?
Under the leadership of Vincent Hall the school improved in safety and improved the C grade to an A. Perhaps if the district explored stability in the administration by keeping the effective leaders at the schools they are in, like our neighbor Clay County (ex: Clay High), we would not watch schools repeatedly plummet. Ineffective administration shouldn’t be put on action plans and/or moved to other schools or district jobs, they should be either formally trained or fired. This school in particular has also had the unlucky fortune of being saddled with an administrator that had been demoted from her principal throne after tanking an elementary school. I suppose giving her a stab at a large high school is First Coast’s reward for all their hardwork.
The bottom line is that he believes First Coast teachers just don’t give a damn, according to his statements to the superintendent. On the contrary, they care so much they are staying despite the hostility and desperately trying to save a school that one man hates. No one wants the situation to be true, but only he can change it.
Why do we let charter school owners get away with so much?
I have been fortunate to be under principals who really seem to value their teachers as much as they can with the resources they are given. I have heard horror stories like those above, and they are not hard to believe. Now, AP’s have been another story; they have been varied and inconsistent in terms of quality.
Overall, Vitti seems to support methods that make teachers feel like powerless peons, like we are the ones who created the system in the first place and now have to pay for it. WE did NOT send students to school without early learning, lunch, school supplies, or discipline. WE did NOT put people in charge who have the power to uplift or destroy teacher morale. WE did NOT create the massive paperwork or testing issues that occur every day. Those downtown don’t seem to value teachers at all; otherwise, we would have our stipend right now to pay for basic supplies. We would have 2 days to give the baseline test, not 1. We would have less than 40-50 students in electives. We would have technology that actually works. We would be valued over TFA. We would be supported if students have to be sent out for ANY reason. We would be able to use our time effectively. We would have an ID machine that works. We would have an effective tardy policy. We would have a Student Code of Conduct that enforces discipline consistently.
Seriously, I really like my principal; however, he is bound by the “gods” downtown who lord over everyone, staring down from a crumbling ivory tower of ignorance. Vitti and those with whom he surrounds himself do NOT understand how learning really works, how students can truly make gains, or that we TEACHERS will still be here when he has handed off the baton to the next person who makes promises he/she cannot or will not keep.
I will say that there is 1 thing that I can praise Vitti for, and it is the Grade Recovery policy change. It has altered how my students think about their progress in class. I wish I could think of something else that he has done to revolutionize DCPS.
Maybe someone else can come up with something/anything for which downtown can be praised…
Below are confirmed quote from multiple sources.
(First Coast Parents) are Malicious and Vile and they would lie about anything.
I didn’t even want to be principal here… preferring a school closer to his house.
You (teachers) are in the palm of my hand as I (pick who to) surplus
Go to Kinko’s if you want to make copies (as he changed the locks on the copier room telling teachers there would be no more ink or paper).
If you show up Sunday, (during pre-planning for teachers to work on their rooms) I will open up my window and laugh at you.
If only I didn’t have to depend on teachers, who are to incompetent to count students (paraphrased over the intercom during classes).
Teachers can’t tutor students anymore unless you can support it by data and have my permission. (paraphrased)
This is my rodeo!
Finally and I hope you read this twice.
At a staff meeting Mr. Brennan told a story where he crossed paths with an autistic student at Walmart, he then proceeded to mock and ridicule the child. What they told me was to reprehensible to write.
Finally it is truly horrifying when you consider that above has very little to do with the bullying and intimidation tactics he uses which is why the staff contacted me in the first place.
This man is in charge of staff and students.
Welcome to Duval County.
But don’t worry parents Mr. Brennan seems to think even worse of his staff.
Follow this story as it develops.
Very similar things are happening at my high school. Kids are being sent back to class who are cursing at the teacher; students are literally refusing to work, won’t follow the phone policy, are late every day, and generally create havoc in the classroom. The excuse/line from admin is that if teachers have good classroom management, then there won’t be any discipline issues. That is rubbish. I have been in Duval for 8 years, and there are always two or three students in class whose goal in life is to undermine teachers and do nothing all day. Are they in every class? Sometimes. Admin should support the people who are actually trying to teach those students, not condemn them for seeking help.
Currently, we have admin roaming the classrooms, micromanaging every element of a teacher’s day. We don’t have time for that and are constantly stressed out. It has only been 2 weeks! We spend our Common Planning doing inane things like that I learned in the College of Ed, being yelled at by the AP, and wasting precious minutes in the day. By the way, the average admin has less teaching experience than I do at 9 years. It is ridiculous that I have to sit there and listen to people, who I would not let teach my own kid, lecture on how I should teach.
The myth that things are getting better is untrue on all sides. The admin and those downtown are constantly undermining the teachers who do the actual hard work. Yeah, I said it! The students are who they are. They will always be great or frustrating. It is the adults who make life difficult, not the students.