The Orlando Sentinel did a story about how Florida’s voucher schools are allowed to discriminate and how the public is paying for it.
com/news/education/os-ne- voucher-schools-lgbtq- discriminate-20200123- s5ue4nvqybcgrbrxov5hcb46a4- htmlstory.html
They reported 8 of those schools are in Jacksonville.
Old Plank Christian Academy which took in $1,068,112, Providence School (314,593), West Meadows Baptist Academy (210,718) Harvest Community School (97,895) Trinity Christian Academy, (3,853,573) University Christian (2,226,934) Cedar Creek Christian School (1,634,696) and Eagle’s View Academy (1,339,823).
I wondered what Jacksonville companies might be supporting them because I had done a piece about it a few days ago.
But when I went back they had taken down all of their annual reports
i was kind of blown away by that, how sketchy, but what they didn’t take down was all their press releases, I mean for now anyways
org/tag/news-releases/?fbclid= IwAR0bLUkfJ_80BC0_PLncP6vRj- ncrcbrEzD7k5XeKoB8heXgDE2vF3ZR vuo
So I looked through them and found a few companies with Jacksonville connections
org/news-releases/waste- management-inc-of-florida- makes-5-million-contribution- to-scholarship-program/
org/news-releases/tiaa-bank- makes-1-5-million- contribution-to-scholarship- program/
org/news-releases/2019-news- releases/att-donates-25000-to- step-up-for-students/
stepupforstudents.org/news- releases/2018-news-releases/ everbank-inspires-hope-for- florida-schoolchildren- through-1-5-million- contribution-to-the-step-up- for-students-scholarship- program/
org/news-releases/2017-news- releases/insurance-industry- leaders-provide-record- setting-contributions-to-step- up-for-students/
org/news-releases/2016/step- up-for-students-announces- 600000-contribution-from-the- main-street-america-group-for- scholarship-program/
I only went back 7 pages but there were a couple
Then as I mentioned in another blog, the person behind the Charter at the classical charter school, Erika Donalds and her husband Byron spent the weekend defending the discrimination on twitter and our very own council man Diamond weighed in as well., inexplicable blaming teacher unions for the controversy
Diamond may be great with dogs and veterans, but he is not a good man.
Okay, don’t the people of Jacksonville deserve to know our connections to the discriminatory program? I think they do.