When talking about a recent public education forum at Jacksonville University, the Times Union editor wrote: This shared sense of accountability must be sustained and nurtured for the sake of school children.
Pretty powerful words. However what the editor didn’t write and failed to mention was not one person who had ever taught a day in a Duval County Public school class room spoke or was asked to attend. Once again actual educators were left out of the loop. Charter school and voucher proponents however were well represented.
But think about the word accountability and apply it to the states voucher program that takes hundreds of millions out of the state’s coffers. The teachers don’t have to be certified, the schools don’t have to have recognized curriculums, the vast majority don’t have to do any financial reporting detailing how the money sent to them is spent, finally there is no test given to them that grades their teacher, students and schools.
Where is the accountability the editor writes so eloquently about? Why is it only a necessity for public schools but not for private schools that take vouchers?
The editor was too busy patting the back of the conference that excluded teachers and most parents (it took place at on a ) to consider that or like most of the attendees they just didn’t care.
The Times Union has really hurt and set our schools back.