From the Miami Herald:
From the Miami Herald:
Superintendent Vitti got a lot of credit for going on listening tours and there was a time even I applauded him, that is until I realized he wasn’t listening. I doubt there was one substantive change made from all the listening tours and community meetings he did, they were all just for show. Willis is already leaps and bounds ahead of him on that front.
If you like Mrs. Willis’s plan, and I love it, please let your school board member know.
I also have to say I think Willis and the board were masterful with their placement or weather days, putting the bulk of them at the end of the year.
That being said, I don’t want to be staring at the few kids that come that week, asking them what they want to do, when the truth is neither of us will want to be there.
Several people including teacher/advocate John Meeks have suggested we use our early release days to make up at least some of the weather days, a suggestion I also made last year, and a suggestion I wholeheartedly agree with.
We could make up two or three days using early release days.
You might be asking about the training we would be missing, well let me tell you about the training I received last year. Now there were a couple good trainings that I thought had value, but there were also three or four times were insurance agencies and banks came to sell us their products, and there were a couple times the PTA fed us too and have you seen me, I love to eat, but they could probably feed us during the day.
Then there were the district trainings consisting of remote power points where if we managed to stay awake or not go mad from boredom we weren’t allowed to ask questions. As close to being a waste of time as possible.
Principals are allowed to call staff meetings where teachers are supposed to stay late and where not a fan of those times either, if there were relevant trainings, we could have them then.
I will say, I thought the district did a good job with the hurricane, unlike last year when nobody seemed to know what was going on, but let’s join the rest of Northeast Florida and build a schedule where weather days are no longer needed or lets show some more flexibility and use time, early release days, which for most people could be better used.
On his Facebook page he posted pictured of the shelters that people could seek refuge in during hurricane Irma and they are almost all public schools, you know those schools he wishes to starve and dismantle in favor of who pays his campaign bills, charter schools.
Oh and how many people did the local charters take in? Zero as far as I can tel and partly because they are blood sucking parasites who for the most part only really care about the bottom line but partly because they aren’t built too, while public schools are required to be built that way because they are part of our emergency infrastructure.
Something Becki Couch pointed out on Facebook, Yet, they will receive property tax money equivalent to district public schools whose staff, food service, and schools were serving during the hurricane. Also, they are not built to code (SREF) like our schools. Take a look at Representative Fischer’s FB. He is taking pictures at the hurricane shelters (all but 1 are public schools) and doesn’t even see the irony that he is trying to starve public schools.
Here is a link to his page, https://www.facebook.com/jasonmfischer, if you want to point out what a hypocrite he is.
Thus far he has a ton of money and no opponent in what is considered a safe republican district, but he’s terrible and we can and should do better. If no democrat steps up and I have to believe Fischer who ran a scorched Earth Campaign against his republican opponent last year is very beatable, then a decent republican needs too.
Come on folks we deserve better.