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    The Florida State Board of Education passed a plan that sets goals for students in math and reading based upon their race.

    On Tuesday, the board passed a revised strategic plan that says that by 2018, it wants 90 percent of Asian students, 88 percent of white students, 81 percent of Hispanics and 74 percent of black students to be reading at or above grade level. For math, the goals are 92 percent of Asian kids to be proficient, whites at 86 percent, Hispanics at 80 percent and blacks at 74 percent. It also measures by other groupings, such as poverty and disabilities, reported the Palm Beach Post.

    The plan has infuriated many community activists in Palm Beach County and across the state.

    “To expect less from one demographic and more from another is just a little off-base,” Juan Lopez, magnet coordinator at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Riviera Beach, told the Palm Beach Post.

    JFK Middle has a black student population of about 88 percent.

    “Our kids, although they come from different socioeconomic backgrounds, they still have the ability to learn,” Lopez said. “To dumb down the expectations for one group, that seems a little unfair.”

    Others in the community agreed with Lopez’s assessment. But the Florida Department of Education said the goals recognize that not every group is starting from the same point and are meant to be ambitious but realistic.
    As an example, the percentage of white students scoring at or above grade level (as measured by whether they scored a 3 or higher on the reading FCAT) was 69 percent in 2011-2012, according to the state. For black students, it was 38 percent, and for Hispanics, it was 53 percent.

    In addition, State Board of Education Chairwoman Kathleen Shanahan said that setting goals for different subgroups was needed to comply with terms of a waiver that Florida and 32 other states have from some provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. These waivers were used to make the states independent from some federal regulations.

    “We have set a very high goal for all students to reach in Florida,” Shanahan said.

    But Palm Beach County School Board vice-chairwoman Debra Robinson isn’t buying the rationale.

    “I’m somewhere between complete and utter disgust and anger and disappointment with humanity,” Robinson told the Post. She said she has been receiving complaints from upset black and Hispanic parents since the state board took its action this week.

    Robinson called the state board’s actions essentially “proclaiming racism” and said she wants Palm Beach County to continue to educate every child with the same expectations, regardless of race.





    Florida Passes Plan For Racially-Based Academic Goals « CBS Tampa
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    Of course its fucking Florida. Jesus Tapdancing Christ, its like Brown v Board of Education just skipped right the fuck by them.
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    IDK. There is a huge disparity in test scores between the races, also, between middle, high and low income within the same school. Meaning the teaching and coursework is the same, but the groups perform very differently. How do schools address that? Especially in light of No Child Left Behind? As long as the goal is to IMPROVE all scores, maybe this will help.

    I take from the article that if they set different improvement standards for each group, they get a waiver on meeting some requirements of No Child Left Behind. Seems like the schools NEED that to avoid getting a failing grade and risking federal funding.

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    Its a fucking cop out is what it is. How about hiring some teachers that actually teach something other than state tests?
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    That's not going to help improve the test scores which for better or for worse, the schools have to pass.

    They need to get at why kids with the same teacher, same coursework, and generally same abilities peform so differently (barring diagnosable conditions). Then we need to redesign coursework and perhaps teaching methodologies that address those differences.

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    No they don't have to pass them. Obama gave schools a way out of NCLB. And yes, its a teacher's job to find ways to get their lessons across to every student capable of learning, not decide that whites are smarter than blacks, so we';ll just teach to them and hold everyone else to a lower standard so it won't look badly on our schools. Fuck that bullshit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greysfang View Post
    No they don't have to pass them. Obama gave schools a way out of NCLB. And yes, its a teacher's job to find ways to get their lessons across to every student capable of learning, not decide that whites are smarter than blacks, so we';ll just teach to them and hold everyone else to a lower standard so it won't look badly on our schools. Fuck that bullshit.
    Yeah, I assume the waiver that Florida got was from Obama's new rules. But the waivers come with strings attached. Florida is claiming this new policy is to help meet whatever the "string" is.

    I don't know what the hell the answer is for Education in America. NCLB said that X percentage of students had to be proficient at math and reading by 2014. I forget the number, 70% or something. WE CANNOT MEET THAT. After over a decade, we simply can't. Isn't that a fucking shame? So now states can "waiver" out of that, (because god forbid our kids our proficient at math and reading!). But they still have to show "improvement" whatever that means.

    I'm not saying what Florida is proposing is the answer but if they haven't been able to get all kids to high proficiency in over ten years, maybe more modest gains in each category is more realistic and keeps their waiver in tact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greysfang View Post
    No they don't have to pass them. Obama gave schools a way out of NCLB. And yes, its a teacher's job to find ways to get their lessons across to every student capable of learning, not decide that whites are smarter than blacks, so we';ll just teach to them and hold everyone else to a lower standard so it won't look badly on our schools. Fuck that bullshit.

    I took a decent amount of courses in college regarding racial inequality in the school systems. Basically studies show that your scenario is a common practice in schools, students who are minorities get less one on one time as whites or students that the teacher expects to do well based on their appearance, socio economic status, etc. The disadvantaged students are also not encouraged or recommended for certain courses or AP classes that could help them get into better colleges or improve their test scores. Ultimately, prejudice that exists in the school institution disadvantages non-white students because they are a expected to perform at a lower standard and therefore not given as much attention as their white counterparts.

    So, Florida is just encouraging these practices and it is going to harm these students even more. Children that have potential are going to be written off due to their racial group's lower expectations.

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