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Profile of Pinellas School Board candidate Jim Jackson

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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.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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