Miami-Dade Public Schools Police Department just swore in seven new officers, Tuesday. As this article from CBS Miami states, these officers are the first to join the force since the February 14 mass murder at in Parkland, Florida. But they were not brought in as part of Florida’s new law to increase safety in our […]
Tired Summer Parents’ Open Letter To Teachers
Dear Teachers and Administrators, Welcome back. We hope you are well rested and ready for our babies because they are ready for you! We can’t wait to see you on the first day of school. From our average working-class family to yours, there are a few things you should know about how my family will […]
Hey Florida, One More Year Of Leaving Poor Students Behind?
Here we go again. We’ve been keeping an eye on the educational budget building process in FL for the last few months. Last week we wrote an update on the state budget for education. It proposed a $24 increase to per student funding, also called the Base Student Allocation. Most education advocates were underwhelmed, but […]
Welcome Our Newest Contributor, Basilisa Perkins: Mother, Wife, Parent of Brain Tumor Survivor
Ten days before her second birthday, my husband and I sat across from a neurosurgeon whose job it was to inform us that she had a brain tumor. That was over eleven years ago, but the impact of that moment cannot be understated. It’s devastating, painful and scary…like someone threw you into the deep end […]
Here’s Why Broward Superintendent Runcie Isn’t Too Worried About That Whole Trump/DeVos Thing
The superintendent of the 6th largest school district in the nation is always on-message. But, parents want to know the real deal on Robert Runcie’s priorities for leading Broward Schools. In our interview he was frank, undistracted and forthcoming on his agenda. From the challenges to change education, to his views on the new federal administration, he made no bones about public […]
There Are College Tours, And Then There Are College Tours.
It’s Spring Break, and around the nation thousands of high school students are visiting colleges. For some, it’s a special rights of passage as their families have attended college for generations. For others, it’s the first time they have packed a suitcase or left their city. Whichever side of the narrative a teen is on, a college tour is more than seeing […]
I’m Singing a Redemption Song for #MyBlackHistory ‘Cause Songs of Freedom Are All I Ever Had
I don’t think I’ve ever felt so Black. Black Lives Matter, conversations on race and a Trump victory marked my 2016. I’ve always known my Blackness in the taking-it-for-granted kind of way. It’s my essence, my uniqueness, my swagger. I know it paints my experience and my behavior, but I never felt like it entered […]
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 […]
“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. […]
Putting Your Body Between Crazies and My Babies…That’s LOVE!
When my mother boarded that plane so many years ago, leaving her children behind, to go make a life for us in America, it was all for love. When she sent for us one-by-one, it was for love. I remember being the last one at home, instinctively having conversations with my sister, who wasn’t there. […]