From the Tampa Times:
Why hasn’t Duval County decided to push back as well? School Board members Couch and Hershey along with new Superintendent Willis have all been very vocal with how devastating this bill will be, heck even the Times Union in a moment of clarity came out against it.
In fact only school board member who has openly supported the bill is Scott Shine and he did so because he said a benefit would be certain teachers would lose their job. Yes, folks that’s right, he in an op ed in the Beach’s Leader said teachers losing their jobs was a good thing.
However Shine can’t alone be gumming up the works which makes me think it’s possibly the district’s close relationship with Gary Chartrand who undoubtedly supports the bill. Though perhaps it is district counsel Karen Chastain who I personally wouldn’t let fix a parking ticket for me who has shown some reservations as she did when instead of fighting back against the proliferation of charter schools she threw up her hands and said it wasn’t worth doing so, a position other school districts have also disagreed with.
Whatever the reason the board has been hesitant to do something it’s past time they decided to join the good fight. This bill is the worst of the worst and should not go unchallenged by our school board. The fate of the districts, teachers, schools and children are at risk and that is not hyperbole that is the reality of the situation.
Come on school board it’s time for you to do your job and stand up against those who would dismantle our schools.