It Would Have be Helpful if Our Government Released School Re-Opening Guidelines Like Indian River County, FL?

On June 11 2020 Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis unveiled a plan that expected K-12 schools to reopen in August at "full capacity.” On July 7 President Trump said: "So we're very much going to put pressure on Governors and everybody else to open the schools, to get them open...We're going to be putting aloe of pressure … Continue reading It Would Have be Helpful if Our Government Released School Re-Opening Guidelines Like Indian River County, FL?

2020 5G Backlash in Five US Communities.

PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA. KPIX CBSSF Bay Area 9/2/2020: Residents of the Palo Alto Bay Area have been fighting relentlessly to slow the rollout of wireless antennas in their neighborhoods. The city finally released a new wireless ordinance that bans 5G cell towers within 600 feet of schools, but only 20 feet from residential areas, including homes … Continue reading 2020 5G Backlash in Five US Communities.

Clifton Rodgers: “The Man Who Conquered Polio.”

Jonathan Gillibrand, Richard Wolfe and Clifton Rodgers of the Real Estate Roundtable. Photo by: Georgetown Dish. Clifton Rodgers is a friend. He is commercial real estate public relations advocate who has played a leading role in legislation of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) and its subsequent extensions and coordinate its Homeland Security Task Force … Continue reading Clifton Rodgers: “The Man Who Conquered Polio.”

Update: Black Lives Matter in Third Grade Too… [Indian River County, FL]

On June 10, 2020 we published an article on the disparity between black and white third grade pass rates for the School District of Indian River County’s Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) English Language Arts (ELA) testing. https://verocommunique.com/2020/06/10/black-lives-matter-in-third-grade-too-indian-river-county-fl/ This article has been very widely read, however, one reader commented that we inadvertently omitted Rosewood Magnet Elementary … Continue reading Update: Black Lives Matter in Third Grade Too… [Indian River County, FL]

Black Lives Matter in Third Grade Too… [Indian River County, FL.]

In the charts below look at the disparity between black and white third grade pass rates for the School District of Indian River County's Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) English Language Arts (ELA) testing. In 2015, 66.2% of white students passed compared to 30.7% of black students. In 2019, 70.2% of white students passed compared to … Continue reading Black Lives Matter in Third Grade Too… [Indian River County, FL.]

How/If Indian River County, FL Will Schools Reopen?

Let’s hope we can rethink and grow virtual learning into positive outcomes for all Indian River County students. On May 23, 2020 I spoke (as publisher of Vero Communiqué ) with a nice young man I've gotten to know who works at Publix and is a student at Sebastian River High School. He was worried … Continue reading How/If Indian River County, FL Will Schools Reopen?

COVID-19 Mental Health Reports from Two Mental Health Leaders in Indian River County, FL.

We have reports from two mental health leaders in Indian River County, FL on what they feel are the consequences of COVID-19 on mental health. Dr. Nicholas Coppola is the CEO of the Mental Health Association of Indian River County, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing immediate access with no barriers to mental health care. … Continue reading COVID-19 Mental Health Reports from Two Mental Health Leaders in Indian River County, FL.

Mental Health Association COVID-19 Update as of 3-25-2020. Indian River County, FL.

Dear Friends of the Mental Health Association of Indian River County; We at the Mental Health Association in Indian River County are working very hard to protect our employees, our clients, and our community. With this in mind I am sending you this brief email as an update to the note I sent last week. Nothing … Continue reading Mental Health Association COVID-19 Update as of 3-25-2020. Indian River County, FL.

Liberty Magnet Young Journalists, Indian River County, FL Publish Scholarly Articles.

Seven young fourth and fifth grade Young Journalists at Liberty Magnet Elementary School in Vero Beach have published a 20 page magazine of their scholarly articles.   In addition to learning a journalism curricula, the research and writing of their articles were developed over a two-month period; meeting twice a week for one hour each … Continue reading Liberty Magnet Young Journalists, Indian River County, FL Publish Scholarly Articles.

Do You Know What’s Happening With Mathematics in Florida and Indian River County?

You would think your child is able to do college work having followed the grade school and high school curricula and taken state exams designed to prepare them for college and earned a diploma.   Do you know what’s happening with mathematics? Tens of thousands of students in Florida who graduate from high school aren’t ready … Continue reading Do You Know What’s Happening With Mathematics in Florida and Indian River County?