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?
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]
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.]
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?
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.
Did you know that on September 11, 2018 the Audit Committee for the School Board of the School District of Indian River County, FL unanimously recommended to the School Board “to put a policy in place to put out an RFP for general council legal services at least every three years…” Suzanne D’Agresta, Esq. of … Continue reading The Data on Legal Fees. [School District of Indian River County, FL.]
On March 15, 2019 we published an article reporting that as of March 11, 2019, the School District of Indian River County (SDIRC) had received no Allen Norton Blue (ANB) invoices “. . . for which the School Board of Indian River County, Florida, retained you to provide legal services to and on behalf of Dr. … Continue reading Invoices/Payment for $ 50,000 2018 Legal Investigation, School District of Indian River County, FL.
This matter came to our attention when we received this email from a reader: "Mayor Val Zudans is using his political position on his Mayor Facebook page to try to shame and intimidate elected school board members that are not in Rendell/Justice's camp. This is divisive and destructive and a mayor should not weaponize his official home … Continue reading Did Vero Beach, FL Mayor Val Zudans Heed The CITY MAYORS Code of Ethics With His Facebook Post?
In a March 20, 2019 letter to Laura Zork, Chairman, Indian River School Board, Attorney H. B. Stivers of the firm Levine & Stivers, LLC wrote that his firm "has been retained to represent Dr. Mark Rendell...to advise and and assist Dr. Rendell concerning the terms and conditions of his employment with the District." At … Continue reading Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell Retains Legal/Mediation Counsel. [School District of Indian River County, FL]
A July 31, 2018 letter hand delivered to Carter Morrison, then School District of Indian River County (SDIRC), FL Assistant Superintendent of Finance/CFO, from SDIRC Superintendent Mark J. Rendell, Ed.D. advised him that he was “relieved of your [his] duties.” The letter from Dr. Rendell said SDIRC would be conducting “an investigation involving allegations of wrongdoing.” The … Continue reading No Invoices/Payments for $ 100,000 School District of Indian River County, FL 2018 Legal Investigations.