Unless you have been under a rock you have heard about the text messages sent by Connie hall saying “I vote fire him now” and “special ed in action” when referring to superintendent Vitti.
Where I agree with most “special ed in action” was in poor taste I believe I can make the case that Connie Hall was set up by the district along with the media and special interests and they are trying to rail road her and that more than her comment is what should outrage us.
First of all WJCT has led the coverage with most of the other media parroting what was written and reported there. WJCT is not known for breaking news, why were the text messages sent to them and not all the news outlets?
Well it may be because WJCT’s education coverage is funded by Gary Chartrand, charter school proponent and huge backer of superintendent Vitti, whose repeated actions have backed Chartrand’s corporate style reforms. The expansion of charter schools, the marginalization of teachers etc.
Then the media has said over and over they don’t know why the Miami law firm that made the public records requested that exposed the emails targeted Connie Hal.
Robert H. Fernandez, an attorney with Zumpano Castro law firm, requested Hall’s texts and emails, along with those of board members Paula Wright and Becki Couch. A phone message to the firm asking why it targeted the three was not returned by this story’s deadline.
I know why and I have known since the minute the story broke and I am not an education reporter, or you know someone who is paid to know and follow these things.
Back in the fall Connie Hall along with Becki Couch and Paula Wright voted against a new Charter Schools USA project and that outraged them and since they are nothing but bullies, they have threatened to sue me twice for blogs I have written, they sent their lawyers after them to intimidate the school board members.
The following piece by Julie Delagul appeared in Context Florida, the Folio and other media last December.
First the lobbyist from the Florida Charter School Alliance wanted to meet with a sitting Duval School Board member – privately. But when former Duval School Board Chairwoman Becki Couch suggested they “notice” the meeting and invite her fellow school board members to join them, lobbyist Ralph Arza said no. He asked her again to meet privately and, in an email dated Sept. 15, Couch declined again.
So when the media says he we have no idea why the law firm requested the texts it is either being disingenuous or it means we have some really crappy media.
Then why were the texts released when they were after all the requests were made months ago? Maybe it was to distract from the release of school grades or maybe because there is momentum building around the city because of the way Vitti treats teachers and the disastrous curriculum he picked, to replace him. It’s my bet the people behind the release wanted to give him cover and garner sympathy for him. They held the texts like a trump card playing it when they felt it would do the most good.
So let me sum up, all this is, is Gary Chartrand’s private media source breaking a story that targeted a foe of us his and an at best willfully ignorant media that is only giving the people of Jacksonville half the story. When the media does the bidding or corporate interests we all lose and that more than what Connie Hall said should outrage us.