More evidence of Ms. Jackson's pompous fakery can be seen in the photos on the Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools Facebook page. Check out the photos of her at CHHS's graduation on Saturday wearing doctoral robes. A quick google image search shows her wearing much simpler robes appropriate for a master degree at her previous school just 2 years ago. This is really no big deal, but it fits the growing evidence that she's all about style over substance -- she had to make a conscious choice to "upgrade" her robe without upgrading her degree.
I went to the Town Hall Meeting with Ms. Jackson yesterday. It was a classic ploy intended to make her appear to be responsive and willing to listen. She is neither. First, she never intended to answer many questions ... hence the hour + 'speech' leaving her "not enough time" to respond. Secondly, for someone with her record to question the professionalism of CHHS teachers is laughable. I'm told that she told teachers in August "I will break you" and I actually heard a recording of her saying "I will make your life miserable" during a recent faculty meeting. For her to stand up in front of the community and feign indignation that teachers don't tell her they are dissatisfied to her face shows just how repugnant she is. She is either delusional or a pathological liar, because no rational human would believe the atmosphere she's created (which includes several references to her ability and willingness to have teachers transferred) at CHHS is one where teachers would be candid about their dissatisfaction. It is clear from her quotation-laden excuse for a dialogue that she believes the only way to improve morale is for all the teachers with low morale to leave. She takes absolutely no responsibility for the situation. She's not a leader, she's an overpaid (I'm told $120,000+ per year which makes me want to vomit), arrogant, plagiarizing (I've seen the email message in which she did, in fact, claim the newsletters she was sending were her thoughts and beliefs -- before she got caught), hatchet woman whose marching orders are clearly to clean house. She has indeed made miserable the lives of some of the people I respect most in the world -- people who have sacrificed again and again for people like me who didn't appreciate it until much later. If she's able to stay while so many good teachers leave, without this community rising up to fight, then this community will get what it deserves -- an education system devoid of passion that flounders in bureaucratic mediocrity.
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