Superintendent Vitti is not doing his job.

Despite “serious reservations” Vitti
recommends a for profit charter school, he’s not doing his job.

Last night Superintendent Vitti recommended
a new charter school to be approved in district 2 (the beaches area) despite the
fact he said he had “serious reservations”.

Maybe he had “serious reservations” because Charter
Schools USA is a for profit company with a mixed track record especially here
in Duval County. They have been in the news a lot recently for poor scheduling,
missing grades and a possible civil rights violation case.

Maybe he had “serious reservations”
because several of the proposed schools sister schools, notably the schools in Arlington
and the Westside have performed poorly.

Maybe he had “serious reservations”
because the six schools closest to the proposed site are all doing well, 4As, 1B and 1C and three of those schools are underutilized.

Maybe he had “serious reservations”
because it will be managed by a board that wasn’t elected but also doesn’t live
in Jacksonville and manages dozens of charters in several different cities.

Maybe he had “serious reservations”
because the application met only six of nineteen benchmarks.
There are lots of reasons he may have
had “serious reservations” but it made me think what he hasn’t paired the words
“serious reservations” with.

I bet he never said, I have “serious
reservations” about putting that principal in place.

I bet he never said, I have “serious
reservations” about spending millions of dollars on whatever new technology the
district is investing in.

I bet he never said, I have “serious
reservations” about sending my children to whatever schools they are going to.

I imagine there are numerous things he
never paired “serious reservations” with because as superintendent it is his
job to keep children away from things that give him “serious reservations”. I
guess with the exception of charter schools that will educate potentially hundreds
or thousands of children. Why do charter schools get a pass? After all these
schools can and many have done a lot of damage to students and communities.  

At almost the exact same moment
Superintendent Vitti and the anti-public education members of the board were
voting to approve the new Charter Schools USA school, Palm Beach County was
saying no to them and they haven’t had nearly the problems with Charter Schools
USA that Duval has had.

No they just said the school was not
innovative, the supposed motivation behind charter schools, which were initially
billed as parent teacher laboratories of innovation. Now most are little more
than profit centers for corporations.

Palm Beach isn’t the only county saying
no to Charter Schools USA either. Pasco County said no thanks too just last

Why are those counties saying no, while
we are saying yes, despite the superintendent’s “serious reservations”?       

The superintendent and board have often
lamented the loss of resources to charter schools which hurt our public schools
but time and time again they have voted to approve new ones, even in
neighborhoods that have successful public schools. It makes me wonder who they
are really working for.

I have “serious reservations” about the
job that this superintendent and board are doing and you should too.

One Reply to “Superintendent Vitti is not doing his job.”

  1. I have serious reservations because I know we should reject them, but since I angered Ms. Hall, Ms. Wright, and maybe others, I need to keep the two boot-lickers happy.

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