You can’t sacrifice educators for education (draft)

  I have decided to run for school
board and where I have many ideas for improving the district for students and
families, my central tenet will be you cannot sacrifice educators for
education. 
You hear all the time when people run for school
board or super or some educated related position, I am doing it for the kids,
the students, the children. You never ever hear, I am doing it for the
teachers, but you will hear it here from me.
The better things are for educators they better
things will be for students.
If teachers are not overwhelmed, they will do a
better job. 
If teachers are not marginalized or micromanaged,
they will do a better job.
If teachers are given the resources and support,
they need they will for a better job and say it with me, the better things are
for teachers the better things will be for children,
In the education equation, teachers and students
must be valued equally. They both must be given an equal opportunity for
success.
Unfortunately, Jacksonville and the system by
and large has often marginalized and undervalued teachers, treating them like
they were easily replaceable cogs.
Heck former superintendent Vitti admitted as
much on his way out the door.
The system continuously asks more and more from
teachers and gives them very little in return. Florida and the country are
already experiencing a shortage and that was in good time and which is bound to
be exasperated by the pandemic.
This upcoming year teachers are going to need
more support than ever and one of the reasons that teachers have often been
neglected and marginalized is because so many of the people making the calls,
school board members or legislators have no idea what it takes or means to be a
teacher or the sacrifice it takes. Even superintendent who were teachers were
so long ago and are caught up in systems that value numbers not individuals. It
is past time for educators to take a leading role in the system rather than
just being yoked.
We will never be the system we can be, and I
think the sky’s the limit until we appreciate, and value teachers like they
deserve and that means tangible action not flowery language.

I think Duval is in a better place than it was
under Vitti, I think Greene has done a good job overall but I also believe we
are nowhere near where we need to be and it is past time we got there. 
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