I talk about what a bully is in my class at school. I teach my kids that a bully is somebody who has power over somebody else and uses that power to fill a need at the expense of the person being bullied.
When four out of six school board members voted to give the communities effected by Superintendent Vitti’s proposed school changes more time to examine the changes, Jason Fischer put forth the idea that they had been bullied into doing so. I don’t think they were being bullied instead I believe they were listening to their constituents who voiced the need for more time to understand what was going on and to determine if it would benefit their communities or not.
Fischer joining with Scott Shine due to an obscure rule were able to cut off community engagement months before the rest of the school board wanted to and here is the most outrageous thing, none of the schools in their districts are facing the radical changes that the superintendent has suggested.
Fischer in effect is the one bullying the north and west sides of town and all the families that their school board members represent due to a rule that requires five votes out of seven to change the rules.
Fischer has the power over them and he has used that power to further his personal agenda. I also want to remind everyone that nearly a year ago, Fischer announced he is running for the Florida house and would not be running for reelection to the school board. So not only has he usurped the will of the people he doesn’t even represent, he is doing so while he is heading out the door.
Last year when Gary Chartrand chair of the state board of education, somebody with real power and influence over education wrote a letter to the school board members asking them to drop out of a lawsuit challenging the state’s school voucher system, Jason Fischer applauded him and voted the way the chair wanted the board too. Now he has the nerve to imply people who are representing their constituents are being bullied.
We have had some bad school board members over the years but Fischer is by far the worse.