Saying Jason Fischer represents district 7 is a bit of a stretch

Saying Jason Fischer represents District 7 is a liberal interpretation
of the facts, yes he was elected but rather than the people in District 7 he
represents Jeb Bush and the privatization movement and make no mistake when he
talks about school choice, privatization is what he is really talking about.

First let’s talk about charter schools. Over 270 in Florida have
taken public money and closed leaving families and communities in a lurch,
including a half dozen in Jacksonville.. Also according to the Stanford Credo
and a Jacksonville Public Education Fund study, Jacksonville’s charter schools
as a group under perform when compared to the public schools. In fact the only
ones that are doing well are either in neighborhoods that have traditionally
done well or spend about a third more per child (KIPP) to educate them
Then there are vouchers, the same JPEF study lamented that
we have no idea how they are doing. Furthermore not only does most of the money
go to religious schools and they don’t have to take the same standardized tests
that public schools do but the system is set up so they don’t even have to
report how the money they receive is spent. Accountability it seems is a necessity
for public schools but less than an after though for voucher schools.
These which drain resources out of the schools, again from
the JPEF study, are two of the choice options that Fischer praises.
Jacksonville also recently voted overwhelmingly that
employees should live within the city limits, well Fischer is advocating with HB
1145, that Duval educate children who not only don’t live in the district but
whose parents don’t pay taxes here either.
Manny Diaz r-Hialeah when shilling for the bill said, “There should be no hesitation in allowing a
student who has not been provided the right opportunity in whatever arbitrary,
designated county they live in to be able to cross that line and get a better
opportunity,” he said. “I will tell you that if that school district and that
school that that student is supposed to be zoned for is doing their job and
providing them the best opportunity, the parent’s not going to be looking for
another one.
Yes no hesitation and if schools
weren’t crappy then parents wouldn’t have their kids leave. Or maybe there are
just too many back kids, or poor kids, or some other petty reason that people
sometimes use to make decisions.
Also how isn’t this going to further
segregate our schools? What poor or middle class parent can drive their child
across the county line day in and day out? That would be none. All this is
going to do is further drain resources from schools that can’t afford to lose
them and Diaz and Fischer think that is a winning proposal.
Fischer is also for fiscal
accountability, except for voucher schools which don’t have to report how the
money is spent and for Charter schools many of which are for profit. It’s also
interesting to see an elected official advocating for the end of democracy.
Charter and Private school boards are not elected.  
I have long said public schools need
more choice options and I applaud the district for creating dozens and dozens
more but charter schools and vouchers schools aren’t here to add choices they
are here to replace public schools and since charters do worse and voucher
schools are without accountability it’s a bad deal for all of us. Just like
Jason Fischer has been for district 7.
Finally, I am not sure how many of
you know this but before Jason Fischer loved education, he loved soil and water;
he just wasn’t elected to the soil and water board. Then just a little after
the two year mark of his term he announced he was going to run for the state
house. His biggest supporters have been charter school and voucher interests,
one of who he works for.

One Reply to “Saying Jason Fischer represents district 7 is a bit of a stretch”

  1. If children attend schools out-of-district, the FTE goes with them but not the local taxes raised for the schools. I probably shouldn't say that, once the legislature figures that out, they'll mandate the taxpayers from one county pay for schools in another. I'm not worried about Duval, our c-ouch-appy schools are not likely to attract from our neighbors. St. Johns better watch out, though. Anybody in our wealthy Southside communities who cannot win the lottery for our best schools will be coming their way!

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