Last week, we saw the Naples Daily News announce the candidacy of Jen Mitchell for Collier County School Board by hard-hitting Education Reporter, excuse me, CCPS propagandist, Annika Hammerschlag.
In typical Hammerschlag and Naples Daily News fashion, which was documented during the 2016 School Board election cycle of coordinating with Superintendent Kamela Patton to promote her hand-picked candidates of Stephanie Lucarelli and Erick Carter, the so called paper of record in Naples, dusted off their glowing articles (propaganda) of Lucarelli and Carter, then merely inserted the name Mitchell for the 2018 election cycle.
Of course, just like Lucarelli and Carter, Mitchell voiced frustration over Collier’s local education groups like Parents ROCK, Southwest Florida Citizens Alliance and Bolduc & Bracci who dare to accurately document Patton’s dismal D-Level and F-Level English Proficiency Scores, where 26% of Shadowlawn Elementary 3rd graders score 3 or better in English Proficiency, yet receive an “A” Grade from the Florida Department of Education. Not to mention, how over 94% of Collier County Elementary Schools cannot score above 80% in 5th Grade English Proficiency. (link attached)
Rather than caring to improve horrific Elementary English Proficiency Scores, which students never recover from prior to High School graduation, Jen Mitchell and the Naples Daily News opined:
“Mitchell voiced frustration over Collier’s vocal education groups who often speak negatively about the school system. It’s unsettling that these groups have ties to sitting School Board members”
“My concern is that, at a minimum, our representation on the board should be rooting for its success, and I don’t feel like that’s happening,”
You see, while School Board member Kelly Lichter has been attacked in a coordinated fashion by the Naples Daily News, Superintendent Patton and local Alt-Left Democrat ACLU front groups like the Coalition for Quality Public Education for stewarding Mason Classical Academy to a 92% 5th Grade English Proficiency Score, easily the top score throughout CCPS Elementary Schools, Jen Mitchell does not want to work with Kelly Lichter to bring Mason Classical Academy’s success to all CCPS schools, but would rather join current School Board puppets Lucarelli, Carter and Roy Terry to sing “kumbaya” and “collaborate” on continuing Superintendent Patton’s dreadful curriculum, over-testing and initiative to transform teachers into facilitators of digital classrooms.
Jen Mitchell’s website also let the cat out of the bag as to how CCPS is not governed by your elected Board Members, but rather, by an unelected triumvirate of Superintendent Patton, the Naples Daily News and their “corporate partners”. Specifically, when Jen Mitchell described her prior work with CCPS, she stated,
“As a result of these activities, I was asked to participate in the Champions for Learning Connect Now Project, a series of workshops that led to what became the CCPS Strategic Plan. I was proud to be among the parents, educators and community members selected to develop the Connect Now vision for our school district and path toward implementing it.”
In other words, Jen Mitchell was hand picked by Superintendent Patton and Champions for Learning, where the Board Chair is Bill Barker, Publisher of the Naples Daily News, to develop CCPS Policy as part of an self-anointed “council” or “committee” reminiscent of the old Soviet Union, where the English translation of “Soviet” means “council” or “committee”.
And now, Jen Mitchell wants to join current Politburo members Roy Terry, Erick Carter and Stephanie Lucarelli to ensure a rubber stamp majority vote in the affirmative on all future Dictatorial whims of Dear Leader Kamela Patton and the Naples Daily News.
I’m sure a PAC funded by Alt-Left Democrats to the tune of $250,000 is being formed, and glowing articles about her “collaboration” are being approved by Bill Barker as we write.