Race-based student achievement goals spark controversy
Chip Skambis on October 16th, 2012 | Last updated: December 20, 2012 at 4:31 pm
A five-year plan approved this month by the Florida Department of Education has sparked controversy by setting different standards of student success based on race.
For example, 38 percent of black students now read at or above grade level on statewide assessments, while the same is true of 69 percent of white students. The plan’s goal is to have black children reading at 75 percent and white children at 88 percent by the 2017 to 2018 school year.
Setting race-based achievement goals has some educators questioning what the plan means.
Different goals send the message that not all children can be successful, some argue. It could create a culture in which students achieve less.
Katherine Hahn edited this story online.
WUFT recently analyzed salaries and benefits for teachers in select North Central Florida counties. Florida is $10,000 less than the national average, and the situation is equally grim in Alachua, Marion, Putnam and other counties.
Alachua County Public Schools is part of the federally-funded Summer Food Service Program that provides all children 18 years old and younger with nutritional breakfasts and lunches.
A health occupation certification class allows Union County High School students to get their certified nursing assistant license before graduating from high school.
The entire seventh-grade class at High Springs Community School also left on a field trip Tuesday morning to the Holocaust museum in St. Petersburg as part of the school’s unit on remembering the Holocaust.
It’s not a new concern that law school graduates are having trouble finding work. But while the number of law school applicants began to decline this year, the 2012 graduating class of law students is still seeing high unemployment and underemployment rates months after graduation.