The master plan which governs the way Florida handles its education issues is currently under construction. The plan is in the phase where we, as citizens and parents, get to chime in before it moves forward. This is our chance!! We only have until July 31. Why should you care? Whether or not your have school-age children, education […]
Equal Opportunity Accountability At Bonita Springs Elementary
I found a Unicorn. It lives and breathes in a little-known city on the west coast of Florida called Bonita Springs. Actually it’s a school that’s done a literal 180 in terms of the academic performance of its kids. It turned from a school that had fallen to a “D” rating until suddenly, it didn’t. In 2015 […]
What’s the Heck Does An ‘A’ Mean Anyways?
See? This is my fear when we make standards different in each state. New research shows that ‘A’ grades are going up while SAT scores and college graduation rates are headed downward. But why? What does this mean? Is it that SAT’s are harder? Or, have we made it easier to earn an ‘A’? This […]
Broward Schools Is Suing The State!
The last educational laws which cleared the house were controversial to say the least. Underhanded tactics were used to bundle lots of good stuff everyone wanted with HIGHLY controversial legislation, funding charter schools to build practically on top of failing traditional public schools. But Broward Schools is fighting back calling the move unconstitutional. Read why here in the […]
Who Is Responsible When Your Child Fails?
Now that states are allowed to measure the success of schools by their own state-specific standards, who is responsible when they fail your kids across the board? I’m perplexed by the rainbow of fruit flavors that’s going into measuring how well schools are doing their job. If we don’t speak a common language, how will we […]
Trying To Read Turned Her Into The Most Unhappy, Miserable Version Of Herself
by Basilisa Perkins, mother of 2 and public health educator in Broward County, FL. Advocate for her girls and, at times, homeschool teacher to her daughter with special needs. Exciting. Delightful. A joyful experience for the mind and soul, escaping into other worlds. This is the power of reading. Frustrated. Discouraged. Feeling like a failure. Being locked […]
Broward Schools SmartPhone App: Most Of What We Want, Some Of We Need
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) launched a new app last year. I downloaded it immediately. School information in the palm of my hand? Yes please! Knowing how my kids did and how schools are doing is important to me… and to all parents. And though no one source can really paint the full educational picture, this app […]
His Mom Was Shot On The Front Porch While Reading Her Bible
I really had no idea! From a 3-room house where he never felt poor to Harvard University, the Superintendent of Broward County Schools, Robert Runcie, knows first hand what educational opportunity does for kids. Through tragedy, like his mother being shot in the face as she sat reading her bible on her front porch, and struggling through school, […]
BIG DAY!!! 2017 School Grades Are Out And There Is Reason For Some Celebration!
Grades are in!! Have you seen the results of Florida schools? Where did your school land? Overall Florida, and South Florida in particular, made some real progress. New testing standards for common core brought some hiccups in the last few years, so everyone has been anticipating the outcome of the 2017 tests. I don’t think anyone expected these results! Kudos to the hard […]
Open Letter To My Village Of Education Warriors
Dear Education Warriors, I gotta tell you something. I spent 3 days…barely even that…more like the 48 hours with you, and I am in awe. You are the most passionate voices I’ve ever met. You use every keystroke as if it was the very last chance to save our kids…to save my kids. I watched your fingers type […]