|Sent:||Sun 10/21/12 7:23 PM|
The following is my rebuttal to your endorsement of John Owens Pons, Jr. It’s within the prescribed 400 words. It’s 398 words.
Please let me know when it will run.
Sabrina M. Allen for Superintendent of Schools
Your Choice and Voice for ALL Students
I am Sabrina M. Allen, a Tallahassee native; I have lived in Tallahassee all my life. My grandmother, Daisy Allen Hall, was a 35 year educator in Leon County.
I am an educator – not a basketball coach! I have taught English and reading for fifteen years. For four consecutive years in Leon County, 97% of my students passed the FCAT Writing Assessment. My reading students either pass the FCAT or they make gains.
Pons has refused to have a live interview or debate with me.
I told the Tallahassee Democrat that if the half-cent sales tax doesn’t pass, I’ll put money into our children, teachers, and staff – instead of brick and mortar.
The annual $20 million sales tax hasn’t improved education for our children.
On the 2011-2012 FCAT 2.0 Reading, 88% Blacks failed, 76% Hispanics failed, and 62% Whites failed. The district is a “B” district, not an “A.”
The Department of Education raised the FCAT Standards because four out of five students could not pass on grade level assessments, yet schools received A’s.
Leon County Schools has the 5th highest drop-out rate in the state.
Pons tries to sell himself as part of the half-cent sales tax. He promises millions to the south side. The south side should get what they need without bargaining with Pons.
Pons says that the district “had to cut $111 million” over the last five years. He never says/shows where it was cut. Recently, the Tallahassee Democrat reported that the district had $60 million to $100 million in “cushion” money.
There is too much waste in the district. Nobody is held accountable.
In these times, I want to know where and how every dollar is spent.
I am publicly calling for an audit of Leon County Schools’ books.
When the Tallahassee Democrat called Black male students “boys” they reminded me of the Phipps Slave Plantation where Pons was raised and his daddy was the overseer.
Leon County Schools is broken; I know because I am raising four grandchildren in the district.
Pons didn’t even graduate from public school. He wanted to run for Congress, this time, but the Black preachers said they supported Al Lawson.
Vote! Sabrina M. Allen for Superintendent of Schools because I am qualified to ensure ALL students receive equal opportunities for high quality education.