The quality of Pinellas schools has fallen enough that it will impact the recruitment of businesses, and the district has itself to blame, said school board candidate James “Jim” Jackson.
“A vibrant community needs a world-class school system. I don’t think we have that right now,” Jackson told The Gradebook. “What company is going to look at Pinellas County … when we have so many D- and F-rated schools that their employees have to send their children to? I certainly wouldn’t do it. If we don’t improve the schools and the track record of achievement, we’re not going to attract new businesses here.”
“I think people really took their eye off the ball here,” he continued. Continue reading here.