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Being Present To Engage

I'm here at the first Duval Partners public meeting.
Dewitt Robinson

 Sometimes the biggest test is being present.

There are four schools in Jacksonville that have not had adequate long term success on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. As I type this post, the schools are in posture to be controlled by an EMO, otherwise known as an Emergency Management Organization. The idea of an EMO operating public schools has had mixed reception in the community.

Today, I attended the first public meeting of Duval Partners for Excellence in Education (DPEE). This is the group asked by our local school board to serve in an advisory role to the four schools. Much to my surprise there were less than thirty attendees- including the media.

I’m not going to write much about the schools at this time. However, I do want to offer a short bit of commentary. As issues arise in life that are important to us, we will have to make a decision whether or not to engage. Hopefully, we will engage to be part of the solution as opposed to the latter.

How can we engage if we don’t show up! I mean physically. How can we learn what needs to be done if we don’t meet. I repeat- sometimes the biggest test is being present. Being present forces us to hear, listen, decide, and form our own opinions. Be present forces us to step up. Being present forces us to a place of change.

Well, I was present at the meeting today. I have so many thoughts about what can I do to assist Raines, Ribault, Jackson, or Northshore.

I’m not prepared at this time (almost 10 pm EST) to make a declaration about what I’m going to do. However, I do belive it’s time for me to step on behalf of the students at one (if not all) of these schools. Why? because I was present today. Am I saying that inorder to feel led to do something about these schools you had to attend today’s meeting? Not at all. But somewhere, somehow we have to find a why to be present.

This is all for now, what areas in your life do you need to be present?

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