A Story Of Heroism And Relentless Persistence
by John Mariotti, Feb. 2015
“Fighting For Kids” Reads like a novel
by Larry Honig on February 28, 2015
We live in a small town in sleepy southwest Florida, where every year the influx of snowbirds doubles our population and gives the place a temporary feel, as if soon everything will be over and we can start again. This kind of environment makes a high bar for parents raising families, because kids sense they can sneak through to the next time. So do politicians and bureaucrats. In this stew of complacency Jane Watt decided to take on one of the most daunting challenges in the U.S. today: starting a charter school. Her book reads like a novel, with back-stabbing hypocrites and soul-robbing rent-seekers finally outwitted by perseverance, perspicacity and punch. Jane’s aw-shucks personal style barely masks a fierce and intensely smart passion that turned her into one of Marco Island’s — and Florida’s — most respected citizens. Along the way she pays tribute to the mentors she was wise enough to consult, the benefactors supporting this great effort, the teachers she miraculously attracted, and of course the students, who rewarded her with the highest competitive scores in the area.
“Fighting For Kids.” I love how well written it is
by Jenny Cartwright on March 2, 2015
As a mother of five children that live on Marco Island, I cannot thank Jane Watt enough for fighting for my kids. Naturally I wanted to read Jane’s book the minute it came out, as my oldest now attends Marco Island Academy. What I did not expect, is that I would read it in one day, not being able to put it down. I love how well written it is, the chapter titles, the quotes, everything about it. As a bystander, I remember many of the happenings, as it walked me through time. Every hurdle she jumped, every naysayer she faced, every deadline she made; to read about it through Jane’s words is truly enlightening. The energy, perseverance, and immovable dedication that she possessed to create the high school while being a wife and mothering her children, is awe inspiring. Jane proves that dreaming big, and achieving your goals is possible; even if you are “just a mom.”
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Fighting for Kids is a chronicle of Jane Watt’s personal courage, perseverance, and strength of character throughout the charter school process in the state of Florida. She birthed an idea that was complete, compliant, and compelling and made an academic difference in the lives of public school children now and in years to come. I am humbled and honored to have been a part of Jane Watt’s charter school legacy that is now Marco Island Academy, a public charter high school.
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