Doesn’t Florida Rep. Grall’s HB 241 Violate the Protection of a Student’s Confidentiality When the School Communicates With Parents?

Erin Grall, Florida State Representative, District 54, Vero Beach, Florida. Excerpt from Section 3. Section 1014.02, Florida Statutes (1) "The Legislature further finds that important information relating to a minor child should not be withheld, either inadvertently or purposefully, from his or her parent, including information relating to the minor child's health, well-being, and education, while … Continue reading Doesn’t Florida Rep. Grall’s HB 241 Violate the Protection of a Student’s Confidentiality When the School Communicates With Parents?

Op-Ed: Is $32,200 a Living Wage?

By Bill Britton  President Biden’s American Recovery Plan totals $1.9 billion and included a minimum wage rise to $15 per hour, before the House of Representatives parliamentarian struck down the latter because of arcane procedural rules.  Let’s examine that $15 per hour minimum and put it in the context of today’s economic reality. At $15 … Continue reading Op-Ed: Is $32,200 a Living Wage?

Marty Baron’s 2020 Commencement Address at Harvard University.

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 11: Marty Baron, Washington Post Executive Editor, poses for a photo on February 11, 2016 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/ The Washington Post via Getty Images) "Marty" Baron is an American journalist who has been editor of The Washington Post since December 31, 2012, after having been editor of … Continue reading Marty Baron’s 2020 Commencement Address at Harvard University.

Op-ed: Doublethink Redux?

Donald Trump has offended every foreign country he's about to visit. International Business Times. May 21, 2017 By Bill Britton  As a humanist and progressive, I am an outlier in the social and political reality that exists in America today. You might well call me the antithesis of Trump and his minions. I don’t consider … Continue reading Op-ed: Doublethink Redux?

The Young Journalist Program Receives Third Consecutive Grant from the Joy Street Foundation.

The Young Journalist Organization of Indian River County, FL is pleased to announce its third generous “unrestricted” grant from the Joy Street Foundation, New Vernon, N.J. Warren “Kim” Kimber, Jr. and his wife Bobbie established the Joy Street Foundation to support education.  The foundation only makes contributions to preselected charitable organizations. In announcing their grant to … Continue reading The Young Journalist Program Receives Third Consecutive Grant from the Joy Street Foundation.

Indian River, FL Charter High School Junior Oboist Wins Dewey “Teacher of Inspiration” Essay for Orchestra Director.

In November, 2020 Indian River Charter High School (IRCHS) student Sarah Ward decided to enter the Dewey Awards Essay “Teacher of Inspiration” Competition on a whim.  The Dewey Awards are financed by Charter School Capital and are submitted on a voluntary basis.  The entries were written to recognize the contribution of a mentor teacher who has inspired … Continue reading Indian River, FL Charter High School Junior Oboist Wins Dewey “Teacher of Inspiration” Essay for Orchestra Director.

New Babies at Hope for Families Center, Vero Beach, FL.

The Heart of the Hope for Families Center is Their Shelter. Safe and secure, warm and stable, the Hope for Families Center (HFC) provides the refuge and consistency homeless families need to get back on their feet. Their risk-free living environment removes any uncertainty of safety – parents and children alike know where their next … Continue reading New Babies at Hope for Families Center, Vero Beach, FL.

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?