Solutions that don’t break the bank, reinvent the wheel or marginalize our teachers are within our grasp. We could have rigorous classes, safe and disciplined schools and treat teachers like valued colleagues rather than easily replaceable cogs, and we could do so tomorrow if we wanted.
This pass fall when the beaches had a choice between anti-public education businessman Nick Howland and teacher Elizabeth Anderson, the beaches overwhelmingly chose Anderson. Yet somehow Diamond was elected to the city council and this past Tuesday he showed how ignorant and corrupt he was.
From Florida Politics,
Rory Diamond, who introduced the motion, noted that the Finance deferral meant that the bill was deferred, “not structured to move along.”
Diamond is concerned about enrollment declines, “school choice” and the overall costs of the plan, questions echoed by the portion of the donor class represented by the Jacksonville Civic Council.
“The only place I see kids getting a chance,” Diamond said, is a charter school, not a public school.
The only place kids are getting a chance is charter schools, let that sit in.
Mr. Diamond represents the beaches area which has not just some of the best schools in the city but in the state. I feel like those kids are getting a chance. Those are schools by the way that would benefit from the referendum.
Diamond doesn't care about facts or decency for that matter, and why should he when his doors reward him for bashing our public schools.
At about the hour seven mark Diamond started to speak from what was apparently a set of talking points provided by the civic council. He spoke fondly of the the kids in charter schools complaining that the district hasn't provided charters public money for construction or equipment which is not their job by the way. That's like Winn Dixie demanding Public provide them their meat.
Then he demanded a guaranty to share tax money with charters (something the district has said they plan to do over and over) saying the only place that kids get a chance are in public charter schools ,saying he would die on that mountain.
This is what we are fighting against, people who despite tons of evidence to the contrary think are schools or failures that and people who are paid to say it. Diamond is either ignorant, corrupt or both,
The school district was literally one percentage point away from an A grade, it's a B plus plus. Now are things perfect everywhere? No to many of our schools in neighborhoods wracked with poverty still struggle with the state test. That being said, you would think most city's would rally around the school district to get it over the hump, that they would leave no stone unturned to make sure it was successful but not Jacksonville, here a bunch of businessmen and politicians have conspired to turn our schools over to charters.
In May at an incredible state board of education meeting state commissioner Richard Corcoran chided superintendent Green to give our schools to the IDEA academy, saying the district had failed it's children. He even said he wants the authority to take over schools.
Scott Shine since a memo to all the city council members saying the IDEA charter chain is coming soon and bringing 15 schools with them, He wrote, Last week, Idea Charter Schools announced they will bring 12 to 14 schools to Jacksonville – mostly in the urban core. How are charters recognized as an impact to student populations?
The thing is they announced no such thing, announced anyways and when TU editorial reporter Emily Bloch reached out to them she told me they seemed upset that any news had leaked out and they were in talks to bring 4 schools here in 4 years.
In the article they said they met with the super and board chair and several city leaders, one of who was Aaron Bowman.
Yesterday when giving one specious reason after another to not support the City's schools, at the 41st minute mark of yesterdays city council meeting he said, that he met with their board members and administration and that they have offered to come in and open 15 schools and that has been agreed to by their board.
This is the same group that told the TU 4 in 4 years. Did Bowman just lie to the people of Jacksonville of did IDEA lie to the the Times Union?
So somebody lied, Bowman to the people of Jacksonville or IDEA to the Times Union, either should be unacceptable.
Corcoran, Shine, Curry, Chartrand, Bowman, I don't think it should be lost on anyone that these affluent white men who don't live in communities of color are fighting to have their public schools replaced. They are meeting with charter chains, they are saying that 15 IDEA schools is a done deal.
We were less than a percentage point away from an A and instead of saying, hey lets rally together to get us over the hump, city leaders are saying lets replace our public schools with charters and deny them the resources they definitely and desperately need, how is that right? How does that make any sense?
And for my friends who live in more affluent areas of town, who don't think they have to worry about charters replacing their public schools, first they came the schools in the poor areas of town but make no mistake they will come for your schools as well.
First he has concerns about low voter turnout which is rich because the city's power structure benefits and plans elections when turn out will be low, and see this past spring as example number one. regardless I am pretty sure everyone knows about the tax referendum by now and will have the opportunity to weigh in should they choose.
His next concern was OPPAGA, it's very important and he just learned about it last week. Oy vey, I can't I just can't, to learn more about it click the link.
Next he wants DCPS to hire people to build buildings and then lease the buildings from them. Um...
He says IDEA schools have come and agreed to open up 15 schools, well not according to the paper with said they had plans to open 4 in four years, but um shouldn't DCPS be in charge of our schools run our schools?
Bowman brings up a mysterious developer to take over the DCPS school board building. You know, one of his pals. They should get rid of that building because reasons.
When Hazouri was on the school board he brought up rule from time to time. Not a rule in the books but a rule he had to promote collegiality on the board.
If there was a district specific issue he would support that districts representative regardless of his feelings. The thought being they were elected to represent the people of that district and they would know best. Well he has thrown that noble notion out with the bathwater as he has done all he can to usurp the school boards authority. Hey Tommy they were elected to take care of our schools, not you and the board.
He knows better than most the issues that DCPS has as a former board member and he also knows what is happening with the city is plain wrong but rather than do what is right and defer to the duly elected school board he has joined the city and their efforts to usurp their authority. He know that's wrong but it hasn't stopped him.
He says he wants the referendum to pass, I don't believe him.
He says they are almost there too, and I don't believe that either.
What I do believe is Hazouri has traded his values for one last go around. Maybe that's good for him but it turns out it has been terrible for the city.
It's time to sue. There is nothing the district can do short of giving away its schools and all the tax money to charters that would satisfy the majority of the city council. This meeting just reemphasized that.
First props to Joyce Morgan and Matt Carlucci who supported the tax referendum.
The rest well...
Tommy Hazouri, if you could just answer some more questions maybe we could get behind the referendum. Face palm
Leanna Cumber, I work with a lot of engineering firms so I know engineers, so can you give me a list of every project and when it will take place, for $%#s sake, how do these people get elected.
Randy Defoor, the school board needs to map out every cent, and every move for the next 15 years or she can't support it.
Micheal Boylon points out how desperate our public schools need money and it should be up to the school board to make the decision what to do because that is the job they were elected to do, but, he can't support the referendum.
Despite millions in PECO money and dozens of school choice programs in DCPS schools, Rory Diamond wants money guaranteed for charter schools which are the only schools giving kids a chance. He's the rep from the beach by the way which has some of the best public schools not only in the city but the state. He's a joke.
Warren Jones vice chair of the school board calls out the City Council for blackmailing the district over charter schools. I don't want to say I told you so but...
It's time to sue. There is nothing the district can do short of giving away its schools and all the tax money to charters that would satisfy the majority of the city council.
City Council, what did OPPAGA say about your plans?
School Board, sorry we haven't asked them because we can't until the referendum has been approved.
City Council, well we won't consider approving your referendum until OPPAGA (the Office of Program Policy and Government Accountability) weighs in.
School District, well they can't weigh in until the referendum has been approved. It's kind of the law.
City council, we aren't approving it until they do, takes bite of an apple.
School District oh for %$#@s sake, lets sue
The last line was what I would wish the SB would say.
There is nothing the board can do which will appease Bowman who is on record saying he wants to replace our public schools with charters. Nothing.
If, lots of letters government advisory body, would have weighed in he would have wanted something else. Unless the board goes okay we will give our schools to charters and all the tax money to, the referendum isn't going anywhere and its time we stopped pretending it might.
The board should be applauded for trying to go through the process despite the deck being stacked against them They should be, but it should be obvious by now that this is over. It's time to get the lawyers involved.
Well it's out there. After years of people saying, hey guys they are coming for our schools, Aaron Bowman and several other city council members during today's finance meeting made it official, they want our school district privatized and the public schools replaced with charters. No more beating around the bush, no more lies about them supporting our schools, not even smiles to the districts faces while they stabbed them in the back. Nope, they want charters and more money for them and the districts public schools can wither on the vine for all they care.
I don't have a link to the video which isn't up yet but at the meeting he said he wanted our public schools to be given to the IDEA charter chain which recently announced plans to open several charter schools here in 4 years.
Why wait though right? I mean we have schools, why not just move the district staff out and the IDEA staff in. Who wants to bet they will find money to fix up the schools if that happened?
Bowman, fix our schools, nah, support the school district, forget about it, now replace them with charters who pick and choose who they take and keep, staffed with Teach for America, now that is the ticket.
He wasn't the only council member either,
LeAnna Cumber despite the millions charters already get, wants them to get even more, as does Ron Salem. Think about that, instead of helping our public schools, they want more money to go to often for profit schools.
So much for being less than a percentage point away from being an A district.
This is shameful. City Council members fighting against the improvement of our public schools. This was a dark day for education in Jacksonville.
Richard Corcoran believes in the golden rule, he who has the gold makes the rules.
While visiting Duval some of whose schools are literally crumbling, when asked about a special tax referendum they local board is trying to get on the ballot, he commented that Jacksonville doesn't need mini-Taj Mahals for their children and they would do just as well if they were taught under trees.