Putting Education Reform To The Test

Marva Hinton

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School Board Votes to Support LGBT History Month

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The Broward County school board voted Wednesday to recognize October as LGBT History Month.

Next month is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month.

The Broward County School Board voted Wednesday to get behind the designation.

Now the district is being recognized nationally by the advocacy group Equality Forum as the first district in the nation to pass an official resolution in support.

School board member Nora Rupert told the Miami Herald, “We want to promote equality for all of our children.”

Mandi Hawke is the youth programs coordinator for SunServe, an LGBT advocacy group based in Fort Lauderdale.

“This particular resolution is really going to give them the freedom to talk openly, knowing their school board supports them.” Continue Reading

Student Panhandlers: Should School Fundraising be Allowed on Streets?

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Broward Schools already prohibit students from panhandling. Should other counties follow their lead?

Students trying to raise funds for school bands, athletic teams and school trips like to set up at busy intersections to collect money.

And one Florida lawmaker is trying to ban students in North Lauderdale, Fla. from doing that.

North Lauderdale City Commissioner Jerry Graziose says students are putting themselves at risk.

“Fundraising could be better handled not standing in the middle of a six lane highway,” Graziose said. “They’re walking in between cars at major intersections.”

Graziose has proposed a city ordinance that would ban students in kindergarten through 12th grade from panhandling. Continue Reading

FCAT Writing Results Show ‘Teaching To The Test’ Could Be A Good Thing

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Students misspell words during a spelling test. 5. Adventure. 6. Mystery. 7. Skunk

When students started being graded on spelling, grammar and vocabulary this year, most students failed the state’s standardized writing exam.

The Florida Board of Education lowered the passing score during an emergency meeting so more students would pass.

But a veteran English teacher in Florida says this is a sign students aren’t being taught the basics.

Joanne Miles teaches advanced placement English at Nova High School in Davie.

She’s been in the classroom for 31 years and says teachers mostly focus on teaching subjects the FCAT tests. Continue Reading

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