The Duval County School Board as a fall back or a stepping-stone

 In Jacksonville you really have had to piss somebody off to
get a primary challenger for a school board race if you are an incumbent.
Historically many have run unopposed. Then for those people who are in a race
quite often they are decided in primaries where very few people vote. There are
three SB elections this year and two will be decided by August 26th months before the general election in November.

This stunning lack of interest gets worse because compared
to other races school board races are relatively easy and cheap to win, since this is the
case people often use the school board race as a fall back position or a
stepping stone to something they consider greater.
Take recently departed school board member W.C. Gentry only
ran for the school board after a failed senate race. Then there is Scott Shine
running now but only after he did so for the city council and Jason Fischer
whose first venture in politics was for a seat on the soil and water board. All
three had different aspirations before they decided to run for the school
board.

What’s my point here? Basically the city treats the school
board like an after thought during election season but then its front page news the rest of the year. Because of this we often
get school board members who in my opinion shouldn’t be there and this
ineffective leadership has led to many of our problems. I don’t blame the three
men mentioned above and all the others who have used the school board as a stepping-stone
on the way up or the way down (Tommy Hazouri anyone). I blame the city for
letting them do so and util the city takes the school board seriously, spinning our wheels rather than improving will be the order of the day.

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