This post originally appeared in The Lakeland Ledger. I was born drug-addicted. I grew up poor with a single mother. I was destined to become a high school dropout, a teen mom, or worse. But I’m not any of those things. Instead, I’m completing my first year at Valencia College in Orlando, and I have […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
I Didn’t Even Know I was Living In Abject Poverty. Many Times, Their Story is My Story- Principal Lewis Jackson.
I was pretty blown away with Dr. Lewis Jackson’s story. I met him during his nomination for 2017 Principal of the Year, an honor he wears with very little fanfare. From humble beginnings, Dr. Jackson, or “Lu” as his peers like to call him, thrived through difficult life circumstances. He seems to take on situations that […]