His latest attack is to codify into law how special tax referendum money has to be spent, allocating a proportion of it to charter schools, and gasp, whether they need it or not.
From Florida Politics,
Jason Fischer, amends his J-1 bill from having an appointed school board to having an elected superintendent.
The chutzpah of this guy as he has led the charge of the referendum, so DCPS can’t take care of its maintenance needs.
Mayor Lenny Curry says he’ll ensure problems facing Duval County … If your management (Greene) can’t fix basic needs like air conditioning, we will.”.
Jordan Elsbury, assistant to the mayor.
So Greene is a bureaucrat with little results, despite leading Manatee County and DCPS to its best graduation rates and to less than one percentage point away from an A district grade.
Then throw in Gary Chartrand the Ponta Vedra millionaire and puppeteer, who didn’t want Greene chosen to be super, for good measure
What do all of these people have in common? I think you can figure it out.
Let me make this clear, I am not saying these men are racist, I am how asking why when a white man was the super, one who arguably didn’t do as well as her, there were no such attacks.
From the Times Union,
In this past cycle alone, Gary Chartrand gave Curry over fifty grand and Fischer over thirty, couple that with the tens of thousands he has given them in the past and the amount adds up.
Chartrand had a plan for a long time and that was through donations garner influence over the school board. Even though he doesn’t even live in Jacksonville he has donated to a candidate in every race since at least 2012. That’s all 7 districts and double digit candidates, and he has had some success too.
The KIPP school despite mediocre numbers was allowed to expand, charter growth expanded greatly and TFA came to town, but I imagine for him progress was slow and he wasn’t getting the return on investment he hoped for. Becki Couch, Warren Jones and Ashley Smith-Juarez all took money from him at one time but resisted his agenda. Then all too often the citizens of Jacksonville have rejected his candidates. This last round only one of three that he supported won, and just barely at that.
His goal of an all charter city maned by temps, sorry Teach for America wasn’t likely to happen at the pace he was going.
So why buy a school board, who has had a lot of their authority eroded when you can buy a mayor and a state representative and that’s where Curry and Fischer come in.
It’s here his return on investment has been tremendous. For his hundred grand, he has received almost 1.4 million from the city, through the kids hope alliance and about five million from the state, money Jason Fischer has inserted into the budget, both figures to help his pet charter school the KIPP school.
Now I don’t want to be disingenuous, a lot of republicans in politics have an irrational dislike of public education and an equaly irrational love for charters, I don’t think it took a lot of convincing for Curry and Fischer to betray the city’s children, but the money Chartrand gave and the access to more from Chartrand’s friends certainly didn’t hurt.
I guess the bottom line is, if there was no Chartrand, I doubt there would even be a Curry or Fischer in office, but if they were, I imagine they couldn’t carve less about electing a superintendent.
The referendum would undoubtedly help those minority communities in Jacksonville that have one promise after another broken, but instead of taking care of them, councilmen like Micheal Boyloan and Scott Wilson, who represent more affluent parts of town say what about us. Charlotte Joyce the one school board member who has opposed the referendum told the families at a majority white school, they shouldn’t support the referendum because their upgrades won’t come for quite some time. They aren’t screaming the N word but the implication is clear, black kids who need the resources the most need to wait their turn.
Then I want to point out that when we had a white man who often bent the knee to the city’s white elites replacing him wasn’t an option but now that we have a black woman who is interested in helping those schools, which happen to be minority that need it the most, the city’s elites are falling over themselves to replace her.
From the Times Union,
He did this despite the district having it’s highest graduation ever and last year being less than one percentage point away from an A. Now personally I don’t think those are very good metrics, but they are the metrics that Fischer’s side set up that indicate success.
So despite the district heading in the right direction and being more successful in the state metrics than ever before Fischer wants to blow the system up.
He also hasn’t explained why he thinks the mayor would be better. Last I saw the only things the mayor did well was post pictures of his son working out on twitter (creepy) and giving public money away.
Fischer talks about how the status quo is failing which is ironic because he is entrenched in the status quo. If you have problems with education in Florida and I hope you do, you should point your finger at Fischer’s team, the republicans in Tallahassee who have completely controlled public education in Florida for over 20 years. They own the privatization, they own the starvation of resources, they own the over testing and the blame the teacher evaluations and the teacher shortage.
He represents the status quo but he is so intellectually dishonest he can’t admit it.
The status quo owns all of that.
The reality is what Fischer is trying to do has nothing to do with the status quo and has everything to do with real estate and money. The school board controls a lot and Fischer wants his donors to control it. People say all the time, just follow the money and that applies here.
Jason Fischer will say and do anything if he thinks it will advance his career and that includes selling out the city’c children and stripping people of the right to vote for their school board members and don’t think for a second that isn’t true.
They let the pension problem get so out of control they had to extend the better Jacksonville Plan for another fifteen years and its going to cost our kids a ton of money for some short turn relief.
The murder rate is twenty percent higher than its record high.
We have wasted millions and millions on the landing without a plan in site.
The council is about to approve a 233 million dollar give away to a multi billionaire with lot J.
Huge swathes of our city have been perpetually ignored as well and are mired in institutional poverty.
Then this city council does not understand what its job is, they think they should manage the city’s schools too, something they weren’t elected to do.
The city council wishes they had the achievements and track record of the school board
Fischer was right, we do need to get rid of a group, he just had the wrong group. Wherever you turn you see failure after failure form the city council. They don’t listen to the citizens of Jacksonville, heck they even have public comments at the end of meetings after decisions have been made and they are lawless hiring a recent retiree Sam Mousa to be a consultant with a four year, six figures per year, no bid no outlined duties contract. They are the ones that need to go.
Audrey Gibson or Tracie Davis should file J-2 a bill to get rid of the city council. If we can get rid of the school board we can get rid of the city council as well.
Now you might be asking who would replace them but the truth is nobody they do the bidding of the mayor anyways so all they are doing is taking up space.