Vitti gives control of the district to a bunch of rich white guys (and one girl).

Have you ever heard the saying, the cure is worse than the
disease? Well if you know what it means welcome to Duval County’s education
system.
The Quality Education for All initiative has come to town
and superintendent Vitti has promptly given control of our schools to them. A
bunch of millionaires, make that white millionaires, some of whom don’t even
live in Jacksonville, who sent their children to private schools; millionaires
with nary any actually education experience. Will now be making decisions that
effect tens of thousand of poor mostly black kids that live in the North and
West sides of town. 
I know what some of you are thinking. We (our schools) have
problems; they have money lets get together. If only it were that easy because
the problem is they want control.
The Quality Education for all Initiative has a board of
directors that will decide how the money is spent.  It consists of chairman -Wayne Weaver; Members – Cindy Edelman;
Gary Chartrand; Laurie DuBow; Matt Rapp; David Stein; Non-voting Members  Dr.
Nikolai Vitti, Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools; Nina Waters,
President of The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. 
*Wayne Weaver, womens shoes, wife on the board
of the JPEF
*Gary Chartrand, grocer, also on the board of
city year and the JPEF
*Lawerence “Laurie” DuBow, pharmacutical sales
and marketing,
*Cindy Edelman, also on the board of City Year
and JPEF, art history teacher at Bolles
Matt Rapp, golfer
*David Stein, restaurateur
  • gave money to Ashley Smith-Juarez’s election campaign, if you
    noticed a lot of overlap there then you aren’t the only one.
The QEA funds are housed at the Community Foundation and the
money is managed by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund.


But the board that decides how the
money is spent has three board members on the JPEF if you count Wayne Weaver
whose wife is on it along with Chartrnd and Edelman. What am I missing? Why is the Community Foundation involved at
all.
These are the people who will be allowed to
vote on how the money is spent. Did you notice a painful lack of teaching
experience there and don’t me started about Edelman? Did you see the lack of
institutional knowledge? Could they even find the north or west sides of town,
how about at least a token black guy. I highly doubt they have any relevant
knowledge and it is obvious that they have no experience about the problems on
that side of town. But worst of all they are in charge when it should be the
other way around where Vitti gets to vote and they get to advise.
Lets look at some of the things they have
already voted on.
Teach for America, just what our poor back kids
need, untrained tourists that create a revolving door of teachers, oh and they
take jobs that professional teachers might take.
The New Teacher Project, it’s their mantra that
if you can just cut away enough bad teachers then things will all be better.
They are here to examine our “human capital”, gee I wonder what they will find.
The Columbia Summer Principal Academy where
teachers can get free masters degrees, what could my problem here be? Well of
the five slots filled so far, four of them were by TFA hobbyists. Hey come
serve two years and we’ll give you a free masters degree, make it a career and you
can, rhymes with duck fit.   
Then they voted to throw money at the problem
through a transfer initiative that all relevant research says will produce some
success on the elementary level, none on the secondary and then peter out when
the money runs out.
There strategy is to basically blame
professionally teachers and to throw money at the problem and Vitti has given
them his thumbs up.

I
think it is great they want to be involved, we need more people to be, but at
the end of the day they have zero business making education decisions because after
all people not knowing what they were doing got us in this mess in the first
place.

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