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  1. william gregory

    I dare you to abide by freedom of the PRESS and let this comment remain 🙂

    Once again a guy who probably got his real estate license through a one
    course class and is able to SECOND GUESS Moody’s. Where are your bone fides
    in economic analysis? A blanket “we don’t agree” lacks “transparency” as to
    your “minor in economics, or was it a major, or really nothing at all?”.

    Why is it that the solid work of minds dedicated to the improvement of the
    physical structures that house our children is SECOND GUESSED by a
    real estate guy? Who do you think you are, John Maynard Keynes, Kenneth
    Galbraith, if you even know who those people are?

    You speak as “voucher parent”–Betty Voss would be proud as she has
    “snared” you into the false equality of “SEPARATE BUT UNEQUAL”.

    The latest edition of SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN points to the LOWER
    READING and MATH scores of VOUCHER SCHOOLS. Why let them
    flourish at public expense?

    I say if you want a VOUCHER SCHOOL in Palm Beach County the parents
    should pay for the UP KEEP of those schools. WHY should Palm Beach
    County citizens have to PAY FOR TWO schools systems WHEN there
    clearly is NO NEED for them.

    I GUESS IT WILL HURT YOUR HOME SALES profits when it the ****
    of Moody’s analysis pans out. Palm Beach County is benefiting from
    a very temporary influx of rich Latin Americans from South America.
    When that mess quiets, so will the housing boom, and so will the tax revenues.

    Jeez, I wish you were smart and did your “DUE DILIGENCE”!

    • First of all your use of ALLCAPS discredits you. It’s like shouting. Get over it.

      Second, we are not particularly supporters of charter schools. On a personal level our kids go to regular public schools and we have not even considered charters for them. So money going from the district to charters is actually a negative for us.

      Third, you missed the point of the article. Avossa and the school district are lying to us. That is important in and of itself.

  2. william gregory

    I admire your allowing me to post and remain posted, please read below as THIS IS IMPORTANT!
    BUT ON TO MORE IMPORTANT MATTERS>>>>
    .

    This is a community that I have been a resident of for 35 years, with four children who successfully graduated in the Palm Beach County School District. Yet, as GUARDIANS of the school curriculum, we are DISCOURAGED by the DUAL MESSAGE of this school system AND WHY you gave up on investigative journalism? (See your article on AP/AICE classes offered in South Palm Beach County from last year).

    WHERE IS YOUR FOLLOW UP ON THAT ARTICLE? Or are you just a DRIVE BY CRITIC?

    It is a happy day that your family participates in the public school system and we wish you all well and the best. We are only trying to do the same the generations after yours.

    but hey by the way, DO SOME REAL RESEARCH and EXPLAIN how AP/AICE are creating a SEPARATE BUT UNEQUAL school system to generate money for public schools because the STATE OF FLORIDA has actually cut funding, adjusted for inflation.

    Why do some PUBLIC HIGH schools ONLY ALLOW students to take an AP/AICE test THAT GRANTS THEM COLLEGE CREDIT, if they are passing the class (BOCA RATON HIGH SCHOOL WITH outside college student test prep experts are brought in to “help them review for the College Board Test”.), and why are “D’s” and “F’s” students allowed to take the test in some courses BUT NOT IN OTHERS (Olympic HEIGHTS and WEST BOCA RATON)?

    WHY IS THAT? What is the Principal’s agenda? What is the STATE OF FLORIDA’s real agenda? What is YOUR’s, as a parent, with a FORUM to at least BRING THESE ISSUES to light and MOST IMPORTANTLY DISCUSS THEM IN THE OPEN? Could this, perhaps be the EVALUATION MODEL MOODY’s used? Think outside the box, please help your community.

    The schools’ principals will tell you that the incidents listed above, do not occur. The PRINCIPALS will tell you that there are no restrictions on who is eligible for a advanced math class, science class, health industry, literature, computer, social studies, spanish, research class, YET IT OCCURS. Ask them for a detailed record on the various academic departments METHOD OF SELECTING AP/AICE students. The results will alarm you. NO COUNTY WIDE PRACTICE. LAWSUIT, LAWSUIT,LAWSUIT.

    So I ask you and your reading public, is your child being denied “ACCESS and EQUITY” ARBITRARILY? Is he or she being forced into a class that is not on grade level for your child, only to fail. OR ARE TEACHERS being asked to MOVE THE CATTLE ALONG, bump grades up or be fired and then be FIRED FOR LOW AP/AICE SCORES that result from this philosophy/ BUSINESS MODEL?

    Where is the COUNTY WIDE BEST PRACTICES on this CLOSED DOOR public education paradigm?

    How is that EOC SCORES FOR CLASSES remain level or near historic high levels for Public High Schools, YET AP/AICE scores vary SO WIDELY? HERE”S a thought maybe the Principal’s are just throwing your kids into classes to MAKE MONEY and HOPE FOR THE BEST BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT COMES DOWN FROM THE STATE!

    Thank God my kids are done with Public Schools. Good luck to the “sleeping” massses’.
    I have at least WARNED YOU.

    • 1. This is your last warning – stop using ALLCAPS. Next time I will not approve the comment. It is actually a problem for websites and the reason your comments aren’t appearing immediately. Most website software flags it as potential spam.

      2. We have thought about doing a follow up on AP exams but we are writing a lot fewer articles these days, with more focus on our Facebook page. WBHS has a new principal and we think they are doing more AP and AICE exams now.

      3. It sounds like you could write an article. We’d consider publishing it if you would refrain from using ALLCAPS.

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