March 13th- March 18th

This week was a busy one in the education world and Faces captured some of the big, bold, scary, and stupid stuff that happened.  Here’s the long and short of it: Over My Dead Body Last week Broward Schools took a ground-breaking stand against immigration action on school campuses. This week, Miami-Dade superintendent Carvahlo, says federal immigration agents […]

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The Education Budget Is Out: New Story, Same Old Victims.

The Department of Education budget blueprint was announced yesterday.  It was very predictable and low-income students are the ones at risk. Let’s break it down: Poor Kids Just Lost Extra Help and Teachers Lost Some Trainings $13 Billion dollars are being cut mainly from afterschool and summer programs.  FYI, these after school programs provide much needed variation in learning through smaller group student […]

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On The Way To School Choice the DOE Just Kicked Over All The Signs Parents Need To Choose Schools

The Department of Education (DOE) no longer requires each school to report one overall score or rating of their performance, and as a parent I feel cheated. Why?  Because there was no replacement offered to give parents an easy way of knowing how our schools are doing. It’s fine if the new DOE administration doesn’t feel the method of single-rating is useful to […]

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I’m Headed Out On a Mission to Find Who’s Really Educating Poor Kids in Florida

I’m tired of hearing about the achievement gap and the expectation gap, and the brown-kids and poor-kids left behind gap. Seriously. All I hear about are public schools failing our kids, especially kids of color and poor kids (which strongly correlates). It just can’t be that simple. After all, I’ve seen some pretty bad private and charter […]

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Lawmakers Seek to Repeal, but Not Replace, Parts of School Accountability Law

by Lane Wright, editor at Education Post, a nonprofit fostering better conversation for better education. The state senator sponsoring a new education bill in Florida is very adamant about one thing: “This is not a retreat on accountability.” Sen. Bill Montford (D-Tallahassee) repeated it three different times during a press conference Wednesday afternoon in Tallahassee, […]

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Broward Schools Just Built Some Really Big Walls to Keep Immigrant Kids IN.

Oh, so we are doubling down on immigration enforcement officers and cutting federal funding to sanctuary cities?  But don’t worry.  This only applies to the “bad guys.” Really??? There has been a suspicious drop in schools attendance of our Hispanic students in Palm Beach and Broward.  And, last month, one of our high school students told his teacher […]

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Broward Will Protect All Children, No Matter What the Feds Say.

Are the problems transgender youth face considered a civil rights issue? Our previous and current administrations definitely disagree on whether Title IX applies to transgender students.  Title IX is the federal law banning discrimination, based on sex, in educational institutions that get federal funding. Last week, the Trump administration pulled back guidance issued by the Obama team to public schools on bathroom access for transgender students. The previous Obama […]

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“I Am Who I Am and I Will Not Be Bullied!” –The Story of Little Cindy Arenberg- An Insatiable Child Advocate Who Grew Up to Lead a Government

Cindy Arenberg Seltzer, President/CEO of the Children’s Services Council, believes her life of happenstance and opportunity led her to Broward. But, follow her story and see, it’s more than chance. Cindy has an uncompromising allegiance to her moral compass. And, I think she is exactly who she set out to be…an insatiable advocate for children. […]

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