“We must have hit a nerve,” sayeth one of those Tampa-area bloggers. I believe that blogger is right.
I also believe that it won’t be long before Ms. Faliero et al. try to silence Tampa education bloggers officially, or at least try to intimidate them into submission.
I might be wrong. I hope I’m wrong.
I wrote a lengthy guest piece for the UMiami Education Students blog about Hillsborough County Schools and blogging. You can read about Jennifer Faliero foaming at the mouth about misinformation and lies on blogs – and read her call for the St. Pete Times to literally employ someone to monitor blog comments “round-the-clock.”
Oh, and she wants to “force” commenters to register in a verifiable way – and one has to assume Faliero would want that information accessible to HCPS. Good Lord, it’s almost as if she’s a union boss.
Faliero puts a panicked, high-pitched, uptalk “eeee!” in the phrase “Free press.”
Here’s are a few lines from my piece titled “Hillsborough County Schools’ Blog Problem is About Communication“:
“A [growing] segment of the Hillsborough public doesn’t trust the district. That takes time to erase. But in the meantime, trust can be built by using these channels of communication rather than complaining about them.”
It’s probably true of your district, too. I suggest you read the whole thing.