Problems with the QEA??

I am told Human Resources Director Sonita Young at a hastily called meeting this past Monday was dismissive of dozens of QEA teachers and blamed them for not properly reading the contract as she told them they would not be receiving the bonuses promised to them.

In case you don’t remember the QEA was a privately financed initiative whose main function was to pay high performing teachers to go to or stay at 36 of our historical low performing schools which came to be known as DTO (Duval Transformation office) schools and yes we love acronyms.

Now many of these teachers who uprooted their careers are left holding the bag, an empty bag at that.

If any QEA teacher is having troubles or if anybody who knows any one who is please reach out and lets try and let people know.

I wasn’t a fan of the QEA but I am less of a fan of teachers being told one thing and then them being left out in the cold.    

Cheryl Grymes takes thousands from privatizers

I have met Mrs. Grymes several times. I have always found her affable, heck even likable and that being said it’s time for her to go. Four years ago when she ran against Martha Barrett I wholehearted supported Grymes as I thought Barrett was little more than a flowery suit taking a pay check and now I say Mrs. Barrett if you aren’t doing anything please come back.

It’s not just that Grymes thinks Vitti walks on water, ignoring the elementary school curriculum that is universally reviled by principals, teachers, students and parents, nor the problems with teacher morale, discipline and school grades.

Nope it’s none of that though all of that should be disqualifying, instead the biggest problem is who she considers friends and takes money from. That speaks volumes about their beliefs and goals. Mrs. Grymes despite thus far running unopposed has taken thousands of dollars from Gary Chartrand and his family and friends and quite frankly there is not a bigger foe to public education and the teaching profession in the state than Gary Chartrand.

Grymes has gleefully taken money from a man who would privatize the school system given a chance and who doesn’t think teachers are professionals.

District one is there nobody there that cares about the schools there? Is there nobody worried about how charters have snuck in and stolen resources from the public schools? Is there nobody worried about the over crowding at Terry Parker of the drop in school grades?

The next tough question Grymes asks the superintendent may well be her first but it’s time the community started asking her tough questions, like who she is associating with and why.