Jason Fischer introduced bill J-1 which would strip the people of Jacksonville’s right to vote for their school board representative and instead allow the board to be appointed by the mayor. There hasn’t been a lot of clamoring for that as the graduation rates and school performance have improved over time. In fact surprisingly enough the Florida Times Union did a piece on that which you can read below.
When I say there hasn’t been a lot of clamoring that’s not to say there hasn’t been none. The civic council, both Fischer’s and the mayors backers would like nothing better for the mayor to control the school system and the massive real estate and billions that come with it. So Fischer didn’t propose this bill on behalf of his constituents, he proposed it on behalf of his donors and the mayor.
It gets worse though.
Fischer scheduled a meeting with his constituents from 3 to 5 on the 8th. The timing is important because it limits the amount of people who can attend just because they are working. I get it scheduling a meeting at 6 might be inconvenient for Fischer but engaging with the voters is part of the job.
Despite the time an overflow crowd all against the bill showed up, the problem however is Fischer didn’t. That’s right he couldn’t be bothered to show up for his own meeting, instead sending a staffer who was like a deer in headlights.
Fischer doesn’t care what the people of Jacksonville think or want and his actions show that over and over again. His actions more than prove it.
We will better off when he is nothing but a bad memory.