FRIDAY, 8/2/13, Issue 165

@Jaxonpool _______

violent_crawleyCastro to replace Tony Bennett as schools chief (News of Tony Bennett’s resignation came just as this reporter was completing the following story)  The wisdom of the state’s education leaders became evident last week with the release of the most recent FCAT results. The leaders previously had made a decision to not allow a school’s grade to climb more than one letter grade per year. Agreement was reached by state education chief Tony Bennett and the Deleónsylvania State Board of Education on this issue. As a consequence, hundreds of schools that otherwise would have climbed more than one grade were held to the minimum, ascending only a single notch.


Tony Bennett *1

In December, 2012, Gov. Goldfinger tapped Bennett for the top state education post after Bennett lost his re-election bid to serve another term as Indiana’s schools chief.


Gerard Robinson *2

Bennett replaced Gerard Robinson, whom Goldfinger appointed in June, 2011. Robinson left his mark by demanding that severely cognitively impaired children who are also blind and quadriplegics take the Florida Alternative Assessment test: Helen Keller Joke He ultimately had to resign after repeatedly sending out press releases with spelling mistakes: Support Edu_ators!

According to the Deleónsylvania Times-Union, Jaxonpool benefited the most from the one-grade-change-per year policy: Duval school district benefits the most from letter grade protection Jaxonpool has Bennett to thank. Once he became Deleónsylvania schools chief, he campaigned for the tweaking of grades, saying that for school grades to rise too quickly would lead to complacency: State education commissioner proposes letter grade formula tweaks With so many Duval County public schools ascending the ladder of success, educators acknowledged that Bennett and the board were wise to restrain upward movement. Said one teacher, “If there’s one thing Jaxonpuddlians don’t need any more of, it’s self-satisfaction.”

Goldfinger deposition

Gov. Goldfinger at press conference appointing Bennett to the job *3

Said another educator, “Everybody—teachers, parents, and students—will grow lazy if they see too much success in one year. So, the commissioner’s and the board’s decision will stop the victory dances before they start.”

Bennett also issued a memo to school superintendents across the state that he is willing to make exceptions. “Upon request, I will personally raise a school’s grade more than one notch. Just send me a note explaining why it should be done. And also make a large donation to a Republican politician of my choosing. Submit these two items, and I’ll do whatever you want me to do. Heck, I’ll make a C school an A school if the donation is large enough. Just like I did in Indiana”: AP Exclusive: GOP Donor’s School Grade Changed

02cleveland2-hpMediumOops! We have late-breaking news:

Commissioner Bennett has resigned. This resignation just goes to show that there can be too much of a good thing: Amid grading controversy, Florida education chief Tony Bennett resigns

Word circulating in the state capitol suggests Gov. Goldfinger will appoint Ariel Castro as the state’s new education commissioner. A former school bus driver, Castro will make decisions from his Ohio jail cell, where he is serving life in prison with an additional 1,000 years for murder, kidnapping, and rape. Said Goldfinger, “Driving a school bus gives Ariel all the experience needed to run a school system.”


pic7 copyAugust’s List: Recently published music videos, edited by Farinelli. Watch & listen




crip2Smart Ass Cripple: Expressing pain through sarcasm since 2010, by Mike Ervin. Read


The Field Negro, by Wain Bennett. Read


brainBrain Pickings: by Maria Popova. Read



ClioNursing Clio: Because the Personal is Historical. Read


pannedPanned Review: Film reviews by Jacob Lusk. Read

calvinsstoryCalvin’s Story: Epilepsy & beyond: a mother’s journal, by Christy Shake. Read

MaggieWorldMaggie World, Normalizing the abnormal, by Sally Coghlan McDonald. Read


OnTheBlink On the Blink: Considering how my light is spent, by Emily Michael. Read



Everyday Dolce: Finding the dolce in everyday stories of life, love, and food, by Jamie Cornman. Read

Make Jax Weird_______

pic copyFiction Fix 16. A Jacksonville publication. Jayshiro Tashiro, “Birds in the City” / Cathleen Calbert, “Man Loves Woman Loves Dog” / Amando Paulger, “In the Hands of God” / Van G. Garrett, “Piss and Vinegar” / Di Jayawickrema, “Kirkenes, Norway” / Josh Lamstein, “Cooties” / Meeah Williams, “The Taste of Strawberries Today” / Glenn Erick Miller, “Essence” / Edward Hagelstein, “The Peespot Players.” Read


pic2 copyEat Poems #9. Audio chapbooks–Poets in, around, and from Jax. Virus Conversations, by Michele Leavitt. Pub: Mark Ari. Leavett’s collection Back East won the Michael Macklin First Book Prize in 2013, & her memoir excerpt “No Trespassing” won The Ohio State University’s 2010 William Allen Award for creative nonfiction. Listen


Mudlark: an electronic journal of poetry and poetics. Published by Dr. William Slaughter, Professor Emeritus of UNF’s English department. Read

Free-speech zone_______

jaxleftThe Jaxleft Channel, from George Farrar. Jax Left homepage View


PF copyProgress Florida: Read

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