Weakening the Safeguards Protecting Our Schools

Originally published in SRQ Daily Our public school systems were set up with the idea every child deserved an education, no matter into what socio-economic status they fell. Then we realized that it’s not just about an education, but how our children are prepared for their future. We make that possible because we know that we all benefit from an educated society. I taught in…

Gambling With Bright Futures

The Florida Legislature every year dims the bulb on our children’s Bright Future. And although the economy is strengthening and the state for the first time in a few years is operating under a surplus, the Bright Futures Scholarship Fund has continued to be gutted. The lottery-financed, college-scholarship program, Bright Futures, began in 1997 with great promise. “The Florida Lottery’s mission is to maximize revenues…

The Librarian’s Opus

Spending time in the school libraries was something I cherished. It was the only place I could go to read a book of my choosing. The person in charge was responsible for propping up my knowledge with as much creative flair as I could handle, and the only agenda was to entice me to read more. The keeper of books is the keeper of knowledge.…

Don’t Make Education A Political Football

Reprinted from SRQ Magazine “We implore our fellow Republicans to judge the Common Core State Standards by what they are: academic standards, not curriculum and not a national mandate”— Sen. John Thrasher and four former chairs of the Republican Party of Florida. Say the word FCAT to a student and watch them cringe at thought of that exam. Mention FCAT to a teacher and watch…