This is the Urban Dictionary’s definition of black mail:
Blackmail refers to a situation that arises when a person threatens another person with some form of punishment if they do not offer some form of concessions.
This is what Gary Chartrand recently did, from the Times Union:
The Quality Education for All Fund, or QEA for short, wrote letters to all seven Duval School Board members, threatening to cut ties with the district if it reneges on an “implicit understanding” that the district would continue supporting the programs.
“We in the private community want to continue to honor our part of the Quality Education for All Fund commitment … but only if we can believe that we can count on the underlying partnership that has existed since we began this journey to improve public education for our most at risk students,” said the letter signed by former Jacksonville Jaguars owner and philanthropist J. Wayne Weaver, who is QEA chairman. Other signers include Gary Chartrand, Lawrence Dubow, Cindy Edelman, Matt Rapp and David Stein.
“If you are not willing to invest in those programs that have proven successful, we must consider that this bond has been broken and we will have no choice but to step back our part of this arrangement until a new understanding can be established.”
First there is a lot of debate and not much data that the programs have been successful but regardless the implication is clear. Chartrand is saying if you don’t do what we want you to do then we’e going to take away five million dollars. This is particularly egregious because of the budget shortfall and as a member of the state board of education, Chartrand as far as I can tell did nothing to stop the district’s budget from being negatively impacted.
But here is the kicker, Shine has already taken a thousand dollars from Chartrand, he has taken money from the man who in effect is blackmailing the district.
Oy vey, I can’t make this up. Here is a man, Shine who is supposed to support and fight for our schools and instead he is gleefully taking money from a man, Gary Chartrand, a grocer by trade, who is attempting to hold the district hostage. He is saying, do what I want or I will inflict pain on you and Shine doesn’t seem to have a problem with it.
Also from the Times Union:
Duval Board member Scott Shine said he believes the district should not endanger future private donations by failing to find a few hundred thousand more for QEA programs. “I think it’s important to maintain that relationship,” he said. “I’d like us to do what we can to fund the programs. …. We’re only a couple hundred thousand dollars away.”
Shine is bowing down to Chartrand there and the reason is he doesn’t represent the people of District 2 and instead he represents Chartrand and his bad ideas. Hey here is an idea, Chartrand and Shine are both millionaires, if they like those programs so much, then why don’t they fund them, Shine whines we’re only a few hundred thousand dollars away, and he does while most paraprofessionals live below the poverty line. Despicable!
Neither of these men should be allowed anywhere near our schools let alone be in leadership positions.
District 2, come on, you have to do better.