So exactly what is happening at Ed White high school?

There was a splash in the paper today as Superintendent
Vitti threw out dozens of radical suggestions that will affect as many schools.
One of them was to transform Ed White into a 7-12 military magnet school. This
has to have people in a tizzy but maybe not so fast because at the 16:30 mark
of today’s First Coast Connect radio program he seemed to walk that back some.

He said, the proposal was based on how enrollment and
performance was down (it has been a C school for a couple years now but in Jax
is that really down)  and how they are
trying to leverage a presence in Jacksonville that is strong and that’s the
military.

During the interviews Vitti said there will be other
options and maybe the military theme is not the perfect idea but they have to recognize
that things are not working.

He is right when he says the Westside does need more
high level academic opportunities and I agree with him that we have needed a second LaVilla school of
arts for years but this begs the question why is he just throwing stuff out
there, why not meet with the community to see what they think? Though we see
how well that has worked for the First Coast Community.


Finally I would like to point out that Ed White has
had 6 principals in 8 years, three under Vitti alone and that can’t be helping
either.   

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