President #45’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney, proposes cutting $1.2 billion of funding for afterschool and summer programs because there is “no demonstrable evidence they are actually helping [academic] results.” Logically, he explains, after school programs are an irresponsible use of taxpayer dollars. Think again. As a parent of two, a taxpayer and a 16-year veteran of running after school and […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
It’s Tuesday, And You Should Know…
Oh, what a week! Today’s is the anti-blog post. Monday was as all Monday’s are…hectic. Which is why this to-go-weekly-heads-up on education comes to the palm of your hand on a Tuesday. It also gives you time to DO something before Friday. But, this week I’m not sure how productive I will be before Friday. I may sulk, […]
Yup, It’s TUESDAY! And, Here’s What You Need To Know.
It’s been a fast and heavy week everyone. And, as usually, every Tuesday I share the top 5 (or less) things you need to know in your Broward education world and beyond. It’s go-to reading in the palm of your hand. It comes to you on Tuesday because, frankly, life is too hectic on a Monday. And, […]
I Was Undocumented. DACA Would Have Saved Me and Miami-Dade Would Have Sold Me Out.
Miami-Dade was the county I entered at the start of my life in the US. I attended high school as an undocumented immigrant for my first few months. If my family did not have the benefit of legalization after entry, I would have been a DACA student. Miami was also the first to react to the president’s executive order against Sanctuary […]
Because It’s Already Tuesday…And You Should Know!
Every Tuesday I share some key stuff I wish, as a parent, someone would just place right in my hand. I don’t want to search for it, or read a bunch of packets. Honestly, who has the time? You get them on Tuesdays because, at least for me, life is just too hectic on Mondays. It also gives you enough time to do […]
Accountability May Be Hard for Legislators, But It’s Pretty Clear for Parents. Respect Me as a Consumer Who Has Choices.
I was 14 when I came to this country and entered high school. It wasn’t until my senior year that I learned I had completed all my required course load early. I had no idea I could have participated in dual-enrollment, or even started college one year earlier. In this instance, the system failed me. Fast forward […]