Saturday, September 12, 2015
C. J. Huff's last desperate attempts to woo Webb City superintendent
The fear of Huff and Bright Futures USA official is that Webb City's decision to leave BFUSA, combined with the unfavorable publicity surrounding the hiring of Huff as a consultant could trigger the beginning of a domino effect that will result in other schools dropping their affiliation with the not-for-profit.
And they have every reason to be afraid. The Turner Report has learned of three area school districts in Jasper and Newton counties that are considering pulling out of Bright Futures.
Rossetti was the only BFUSA board member to vote against hiring Huff on two occasions. The Webb City Sentinel reports that votes were taken on August 28 and September 4. Between the initial vote and the final one, Huff put on a full court press to win Rossetti's favor, including an out of left field mention during an hour-long interview (the video accompanies this post) three days before the final vote.
Instead of following his usual practice of mouthing platitudes about Bright Futures and how it helps children, Huff said the following:
Tony Rossetti, the superintendent at Webb City, I think a lot of him, and he made a comment that "I don't really care if we see data results or not; at the end of the day, we're helping kids and families and that's what matters most. We're supporting these kids and families and nothing bad can come out of that. (The comments can be found just after the 43 minute mark.)
The video shoutout was just one of many efforts Huff made between the two votes to try to win over Rossetti.
Not only were the efforts unsuccessful, but the Webb City Bright Futures Board voted unanimously to drop the Bright Futures affiliation and rename the organization.
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