Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Is KODE missing the point on Webb City, EN Bright Futures defections?
A viewer who has had no access to other sources of information might ask what the big deal is about two schools deciding to continue providing the same services they have been providing, but not being affiliated with an organization that has had a high profile over the past few years.
It reminds me somewhat of the days when every school had a PTA chapter, than rather than paying dues to a national organization, we saw a flurry of PTOs (Parent-Teacher Organizations) being formed.
In this case, the changes had nothing to do with dues since Bright Futures USA only requires a one-time payment to join (and the first organizations to join did not have to pay anything). While both districts have made it clear that it will be business as usual as far the operation of their programs is concerned, what is not explored in this report is the role, if any, that the involvement of former Joplin R-8 Superintendent C. J. Huff has in the decisions of these districts to continue on their own and drop the name Bright Futures.
Huff's involvement also has other area school districts reconsidering their involvement with Bright Futures. This story is far from over.
Another thing that should be noted is the far more conciliatory tone that the Bright Futures USA spokesman took in this piece, compared to the flame throwing Mark Quinn has done recently. Quinn's accusations that Webb City R-7 Superintendent Tony Rossetti was "hijacking" the program and thereby hurting children did not go over well.