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Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 10:03 AM PDT

Florida Virtual School (FLVS) Part I

by ressy10

We, the parents of children who attend traditional brick and mortar schools, do not have to accept the placement of our children, without our knowledge or consent, in FLVS courses during regular school hours.

The first day of the 2012 – 2013 school year my daughter, a senior in a Miami high school, came home and told me that she was placed in a room with 60 other students and  told she would be taking  her Honors Government and Economics course online via Florida Virtual School (FLVS). There were less than 30 computers in the classroom that was monitored by a substitute teacher.  Her father and I, both educators in Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) with knowledge of the high failure rate and high cheating rate of traditional public school students enrolled in FLVS courses, received no notification of this prior to her enrollment by her school site.

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Sun Aug 28, 2011 at 02:21 PM PDT

Empty Test Chair by Empty Test Chair

by ressy10

Ryan McCarthy in a recent article titled “White Families Now $95K Richer than African-American Families on Average, According To New Study” pointed out how public policy and discrimination have fostered a tremendous wealth gap between African- Americans and Whites.  In the article he states, “The racial wealth gap results from historical and contemporary factors but the disturbing fourfold increase in such a short time reflects public policies, such as tax cuts on investment income and inheritance, which benefit the wealthiest and redistribute wealth and opportunities… At the same time, evidence from multiple sources demonstrates the powerful role of persistent discrimination in housing, credit, and labor markets.”   Ryan used a report published by Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management as the basis of his article.  The PDF file can be found at  

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Mon Aug 15, 2011 at 02:21 PM PDT

Accountability or Racism?

by ressy10

The state of Florida and Miami-Dade County Public Schools have created and implemented a multi-tiered school and educator accountability system called Differentiated Accountability (DA).  In line with Jeb Bush’s A + Plan, No Child Left Behind - and of late - Obama’s Race To The Top grant initiative that judge schools according to their Annual Yearly Progress (AYP); it was created to address fluctuating and failing test scores and school grades and in Florida’s public schools.  The system places varied sanctions on schools and educators depending on the annual AYP report card letter grade and individual student test scores.   The grades range from A for outstanding proficiency to F for failing proficiency.  Currently, all the African-American high schools in Miami-Dade County (ten) are operating under the most extreme sanctions with the most extreme interventions mandated for schools under this system of “accountability.” Why is this so?

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Sat Aug 13, 2011 at 03:14 AM PDT

Kozol called it right

by ressy10

Kevin Carey, the policy director at the Washington-based think tank Education Sector wrote an article titled “An Incoherent Protest Against Education Reform, Brought to You by Matt Damon.” It was a scathing criticism of the recent Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action that took place in Washington D.C. in response to the current federal and state education policies that place high-stakes testing at the forefront of reform.   Author Jonathan Kozol was one of the rally speakers. Carey took offense to segments of Kozol’s speech.  He defended Duncan and the current federal policies:


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