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Tuesday’s School Board meeting produced unanimous agreement on words written on a piece of paper that seemingly said nothing, meant nothing and accomplished nothing.

That’s progress, perhaps, although it left a lot of observers puzzled.

On the board’s consent agenda was a resolution – which is a statement, not law or policy.

It addressed board meetings.

It described the composition and purpose of the board, and alleged that public education is essential to an informed citizenry, the foundation of a democratic society and the cornerstone of a community – a rather heady self-compliment that some non-politicians might not consider self-evident.

It went on to acknowledge the existence of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and declare that the board welcomes input from the public at board meetings.

It then declared the safety of board members and citizens attending board meetings to be of utmost importance.

Yet another whereas clause bestowed full confidence in the abilities of law enforcement.

Therefore, it stated:

“BE IT RESOLVED, that the Duval County School Board declares its ongoing intention to collaborate with its respective local law enforcement agencies to continue to provide a safe environment for all stakeholders to exchange views, thereby ensuring parents’ voices are heard when it comes to decisions about their children’s education and safety.”

The words speak for themselves, but it appears that the board has declared it will work with the police to make certain that people are safe at School Board meetings.

Were they unsafe before this bold declaration? The resolution does not address that point but Eye on Jacksonville does not recall any instances of brawls, knifings or shootings at previous board meetings.

At the national level, there has been an obvious attempt by the Far Left to intimidate parents who dare to question politicians about their treatment of children. Some liberal politicians even have dared to state publicly that parents have no say in the education of their children in government schools.

Possibly this resolution was meant to assure parents that their voices would be heard, although the mention of police protection and the inference that it is needed seems to suggest otherwise.

Sometimes, when you have nothing to say the best thing to do is not say it.

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Lloyd was born in Jacksonville. Graduated from the University of North Florida. He spent nearly 50 years of his life in the newspaper business …beginning as a copy boy and retiring as editorial page editor for Florida Times Union. He has also been published in a number of national newspapers and magazines, as well as Internet sites. Married with children. Military Vet. Retired. Man of few words but the words are researched well, deeply considered and thoughtfully written.

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