WJCT’s guilt by association

Let me start by saying I think education
reporter Rhema Thompson has really elevated their game. I also like Mellissa
Ross of First Coast Connect too, though sometimes the toughest question she
asks is, how is your day?
Now with that out of the way, let me
present their guilt by association.
First, Trey Csar of the Jacksonville
Public Education Fund is on the community board with fellow Teach for America alumni
and school board candidate Darryl Willie.
I was wondering why we haven’t heard
much about TFA and who he’s going to support in district 4 too.
Then on the leadership board we have
Ashley Smith-Juarez, school board member, Rachel Vitti, the super’s wife, Delores
Barr-Weaver whose husband has been increasingly involved in local education and
who has donated to numerous school board candidates and Kristen Majdanics the
wife of KIPPs Tom Majdanics. Maybe that’s why we haven’t heard about the
Chartrand Rule which has protected their school grade or anything about KIPP
for that matter.
Furthermore Rick Mullaney who has a
monthly policy show, also has a daughter in Teach for America, gee I wonder how
he feels about that policy. He recently had Gary Chartrand on his show and he
was like a coat, you know as in let off the hook repeatedly.
Speaking of Chartand until just
recently, I mean in the last few days, the WJCT web-site carried a banner
saying sponsored by the Chartrand foundation. Gary Chartrand who went from
grocer to running our schools is one of the biggest drivers of the school privatization
movement in Jacksonville and he and his families have donated to several school
board candidates with a privatization bent including the aforementioned Smith-Juarez
and Willie.
Couple this with the Waltons yes those Waltons
K-12 initiative who are also big donors to public radio and who are part of the
national privatization movement, then what stories are we missing?
No really, what stories are we missing?
I know I didn’t miss the pro-common
core story that ran the other day as I am sure the Gates foundation, another big
donor with a privatization bent who have spent hundreds of millions promoting
common core didn’t.

To read more, click the link: http://pando.com/2014/06/05/revealed-gates-foundation-financed-pbs-education-programming-which-promoted-microsofts-interests/ 

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