The article, "Is Orange County School Board Causing Schools To Fail?," was published not long ago in CommunitySteeple.com. Since then, there has been numerous comments about the article on various social media.
Most of the people who commented thought that the Orange County School Board was doing a very poor job administered equal and fair policy to Black or less affluent neighborhoods versus non-Black or more affluent communities.
One thing that we can be assured of in Florida is there will be confusion, and our governor will change his positions on education, and change his education commissioners. There are five education commissioners who have served in three years in that position, and the governor appoints members of the State Board of Education, who hire the commissioner.
The education commissioner is not supposed to be a political position, but a commissioner is forced to align their decisions with the governor’s philosophy, and satisfy the State Board’s demands.
During the middle of August parents are taking their children back to college and tuition is on their minds. Most folks who have a child in college at this point have saved money for years, or they have taken out a loan to finance higher education. If your family is middle class, you are robbing Peter to pay Paul.
Each year the cost of education goes up, and there has been little consensus among policymakers, and lawmakers on how to control or limit college costs. Tuition costs at public, four year universities have tripled over the last 30 years and the average student loan stands at $26,000.
You already know that the Orange County School Board with the help and support of Kat Gordon and Dr. Barbara Jenkins are busing kids out of their neighborhood away from schools they could walk to, in favor of schools 6 to 10 miles away. This action will keep other schools full to capacity while Black schools suffer with low enrollment.
You already know that this practice is cutting the enrollment in our schools to dangerously low levels. Jones High School at close of the 2012/2013 school year is less than half capacity. Many other Black neighborhood schools are below 70% capacity. How many more athletes and honor roll students will Jones High School have, if there were 700 more students?
Monday, August 19, a new school year starts in Orange County, Fl. So while driving around Orange County, watch out for the school board members. They are dazed and confused running around masquerading as if they know what they are doing. Clearly, they do not. You would think that with all the hustle and bustle and years of practice they would have gotten it right by now. The entire Florida educational system is whacked. The School Board has to pick heads or tails within a lot of different situations. Some of those situations overlap and conflict and board members have a hard time finding a good solution. Just look at some of the people and issues they have to deal with.
Ms. Barbara Jenkins is the Orange County School Board Superintendent. Prior to her promotion, Ms. Jenkins was the Deputy Superintendent for Orange County Schools. Deputy Superintendent is the position that she held during the Orange County School Board meeting, when the Board voted to close Richmond Heights Elementary School.