Is The Orange County School Board Causing Schools To Fail?

OCPS BuildingThe Orange County School Board continues to do more damage to students than good. Their policies and practices seem to have little to do with educating our youth and more to do with appearance and the transference of large sums of money. They appear to do the work of the state's educational system, but largely they move huge sums of money away from poor areas and into the more affluent areas of the county.

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TIMELINE:Death of A Community School

This article originally published in West Orlando News Online.

During the community meeting held August 2, 2012, at the J. R. Smith Center, Mr. Marcus Robinson presented a timeline. This timeline chronicles the events, beginning in April 6, 1962, that outlined how the Orange County School Board was able to close Richmond Heights Elementary School.

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Richmond Heights Elementary School Closes: Is Jones High Next?

This article originally published in West Orlando News Online.

On October 25, 2011, the Orange County School Board voted to close Richmond Heights Elementary School over the objections of community residents. The board voted to close the predominantly Black school even though there is an agreement in place that forbids its closure, unless certain conditions are met.

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Candidates Speak Out At Town Hall Meeting

This article originally published in West Orlando News Online.

The Richmond Heights Elementary School PTSA and the combined Homeowner Associations of the Greater Washington Shores area, Richmond estates, Lake Richmond, Carver Shores and Malibu held a community meeting on August 2, at the J.R. Smith Center, 1723 Bruton Boulevard in Orlando.

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The Epic Failure of The Orange County School Board

This article originally published in West Orlando News Online.

BlockerBldgThis is the second of a three part series where we critique the reasoning of the Orange County School Board to close the Richmond Heights Elementary School.

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How Low Can You Go: Florida Board of Ed Accepts New Lows in Achievement

This article originally published in West Orlando News Online.

The Florida Board of Education decided to set goals for reading and math improvements based on race. The state has six years to increase the reading and math scores by 50% in order to meet federal guide lines. Instead of increasing the quality of the educational machine and thereby the quality of the education, the Board in its infinite wisdom decided to lower the standards for the students.

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