Chris Guerrieri, talks about the issues, vouchers. (draft)

Vouchers is one of those things that sounds great, how can
anyone be against a parent picking a school for their child? The problem is
when we pull back the layers what we are left with is a system not designed to
educate children, but one meant to push a publicly funded religious education (and we all know which one),
bludgeon public schools and to funnel children into an overall inferior system.
Let me acknowledge that some
private schools that accept vouchers do it right. That are credits to their
communities and students but that is not the majority of them.
The vast majority of voucher
schools something like 83 percent are religious and we all know what the
religion is. There is nothing wrong with you wanting your child to have a
religious education, I do however think there is something wrong with making
the public pay for it.
Then most of the students that
leave public schools to take vouchers leave schools with a grade of C or above,
which begs the question, what are they fleeing from, and then the vast amount
that take a voucher give up within three years. Now there are lots of reasons
why somebody might give up a voucher but one of those is they realize they were
getting a poor education.
Why are we pouring billions
into a system where most kids don’t stay and leave good schools to go to?
Especially since our public schools are starved of resources. Oh wait, I think
I answered that question.
Next, voucher schools don’t
have to have a recognized curriculum, many teach junk science and history, the
teachers don’t have to have degrees or certifications, their hiring practices
don’t have the same rigor as public schools, they can pick what students they
take and keep and there is a long history of excluding/discriminating against
disabled and LGBTQ children and they have so little accountability you might as
well say they have none, heck most don’t even have to report how they spend the
public money they receive.  
Then lets talk about those
tests which are so important that public schools live and die on them. Voucher
schools are exempt. None of the schools get a grade, none of the teachers get a
VAM score and none of the kids are held back or not allowed to graduate if they
do not pass a test. Why are the tests so important for public schools and not
important at all for voucher schools? Well we all know the reason for
This is the system that
Tallahassee has chosen to invest billions and billions of dollars in. I am
outraged that our legislators care so little about our children that they think
this is a good option. 

Now I am not totally against
vouchers. I think if a private school offers a program that a nearby public
school doesn’t then that is a conversation we should have. Public schools don’t do everything great and have answers for every student. Though at the end of
the day I am for public resources going to public schools.  

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Mr. G for District 3, What am I going to do for your student?

mother asked me what I was going to do for their student, and this is a big and
fair question.
thought about it for a second, I didn’t know them, I didn’t know their age,
grade, school or if they had a specific need or a disability but I still knew what
I was going to do for them.
What I
am going to do is make sure their student has a teacher who is appreciated. One
who is not micromanaged or marginalized. I am going to make sure their teacher
is listened to and their needs and workload are considered by the district. You
see, way too often the district does not think about how their policies and edicts
affect staff until after it affects staff. That must end.
We are
not where we could and should be and one of the biggest reasons is, we often
marginalize staff and treat them like they are easily replaceable cogs rather
than the professionals that they are. If we listened to teachers, if we
involved them in decision making, and if we supported them, we would be doing
so much better.  
one new policies would be teachers with effective evaluations would not be
surplussed and teachers required to take academic courses will be given the
time to complete them. Day one how new policies affect teachers would have to
be considered before implemented.    
what I am going to do for their student, is the same thing I am going to do for
all the students and that is make sure things improve for teachers, because the
better things are for them, the better things will be for everyone. 

You can’t sacrifice educators for education (draft)

  I have decided to run for school
board and where I have many ideas for improving the district for students and
families, my central tenet will be you cannot sacrifice educators for
You hear all the time when people run for school
board or super or some educated related position, I am doing it for the kids,
the students, the children. You never ever hear, I am doing it for the
teachers, but you will hear it here from me.
The better things are for educators they better
things will be for students.
If teachers are not overwhelmed, they will do a
better job. 
If teachers are not marginalized or micromanaged,
they will do a better job.
If teachers are given the resources and support,
they need they will for a better job and say it with me, the better things are
for teachers the better things will be for children,
In the education equation, teachers and students
must be valued equally. They both must be given an equal opportunity for
Unfortunately, Jacksonville and the system by
and large has often marginalized and undervalued teachers, treating them like
they were easily replaceable cogs.
Heck former superintendent Vitti admitted as
much on his way out the door.
The system continuously asks more and more from
teachers and gives them very little in return. Florida and the country are
already experiencing a shortage and that was in good time and which is bound to
be exasperated by the pandemic.
This upcoming year teachers are going to need
more support than ever and one of the reasons that teachers have often been
neglected and marginalized is because so many of the people making the calls,
school board members or legislators have no idea what it takes or means to be a
teacher or the sacrifice it takes. Even superintendent who were teachers were
so long ago and are caught up in systems that value numbers not individuals. It
is past time for educators to take a leading role in the system rather than
just being yoked.
We will never be the system we can be, and I
think the sky’s the limit until we appreciate, and value teachers like they
deserve and that means tangible action not flowery language.

I think Duval is in a better place than it was
under Vitti, I think Greene has done a good job overall but I also believe we
are nowhere near where we need to be and it is past time we got there. 
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