The Jacksonville Public Education Funds stance that we should have choice just for choices sake is irresponsible.

Trey Csar of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF)
would have you believe the school choice debate should be just civil discourse
between disagreeing groups and that if you really cared you would remain above
the fray. That’s what he says but that’s not what he and the JPEF have done.
Last summer during the school board races they partnered
with numerous non-profits to put on forums with the single stipulation being
that none of the non-profits would endorse a candidate.  They did this while at the same time members
of their board were not only endorsing candidates but giving them thousands and
thousands of dollars too.
Csar might say something like “that’s the board and they do
what they do and it has anything to do with what the JPEF does” to which I ask you who believes that for a second? Who believes Gary Chartrand the man
responsible for bringing Csar and JPEF to town, as well as contributing to
numerous charter schools, the Public Policy department at Jacksonville
University, Channel 7 (which gave Csar and Chartrand education awards), providing
the lion’s share of the Quality Education for All (QEA) funds, and who has his
hands in seemingly every local pot that has to do with education would just
throw up his arms and say, “ JPEF just do what you do, I and the rest of the
board will stay out of it.” Heck Chartrand even wrote the school board and
urged them to drop out of the voucher law suit. It is ridiculous and insulting
for Csar to think we would believe that Chartrand and the board plays no role at all in
what they do.
Make no mistake friends there is a battle being waged and
the forces that would seek to profit off of or privatize public schools are
winning. Our superintendent has lamented the loss of tens of millions of
dollars due to the growth of charter schools and vouchers. There is not one true
educator on the state board of education but Chartrand and his charter school and
voucher interests is; legislators who have charter schools or close ties to
charter schools routinely introduce and vote on legislation that would benefit
them to the detriment of public schools. Rick Scott’s transition education team
had more charter school owners than educators on it too. Finally the local
Republican Party has even said supporting vouchers will be a litmus test and
those that don’t will be opposed. Csar, shrugs his shoulders at all those
things as if they don’t matter. Sit it out he says, be above the fray, there is
no room for partisanship in education. 
Just so there is no mistake I am partisan, I squarely
believe in the efficacy and value of public schools but at the same time what
choice has the other side given me. Csar’s own report says we have no idea how
schools that take vouchers are doing and that school choice through the siphoning
away of resources hurts public schools. Then Csar’s own web-site says
Jacksonville Charter schools which have grown by nearly 400 percent since the
time the JPEF arrived do worse than thier public school counterparts.  In short
the choices besides public schools as a group suck. If the JPEF truly cared
about kids why would they be trying to funnel kids into those options? Isn’t
there choice just for the sake of choice stance irresponsible? I believe it is
and I believe it is hurting kids too.
The JPEF which is now also managing money for the district
something I think we should be wary of and well informed about has done some nice
things. They have hooked up donors with classrooms, they have taken over the
running of the teacher of the year program and have been behind some rallies
for our public schools too but at the same time their forays into policy are disasters
and the reason being is despite their claims to the contrary they are partisan as you can get because
they want school choice even if that is a bad choice for our children.
Like Csar does, I urge you to go to their web-site
and read thier school choice report too and let their very own words speak for them.I would urge you to pick a side too.

One Reply to “The Jacksonville Public Education Funds stance that we should have choice just for choices sake is irresponsible.”

  1. Last summer during the school board races they partnered with numerous non-profits to put on forums with the single stipulation being that none of the non-profits would endorse a candidate.

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