Unless it’s ancient history, the School Board conducts a combined meeting with the Board of Directors for Broward College at least once each year.

In my years as a School Board member, not once has the figure of 80% remediation rate for new students from the district ever seen either the light of day or even passing mention.

The focus of those meetings were usually dual enrollment and advanced placement.

No child left behind?  While these programs are admirable, they left the majority of district high schoolers way behind.

That 80% figure is a travesty and huge handicap to those Broward students who aren’t AP level.

It goes a long way to explaining one of my old questions as to why only one, maybe two percent of the names provided to me by my high schools were for announcing during graduation ceremonies for entry into prestigious universities such as Harvard or Princeton.

Even FSU and UM.

In my view the remediation rate should be item number one on the next agenda and item number one as a follow up at every subsequent meeting.

The district absolutely must set a goal of reducing that number to five percent or less.

Yes, it’s one more goal for district administrators to figure out and meet, but FCAT or other ratings aside, this is the one ranking that actually means something to student achievement.

All else is meaningless political crap.

But both institutions must work to come up with a set of standards and curricula for the district in order to meet that goal.

In order to accomplish that goal, both must create a subcommittee charged with creating such instruments.

The subcommittee should consist of two BC Directors, two School Board members, two BC department heads (Math and English) two district curriculum specialists, and one member from District Advisory.

That’s seven for those of you trying to count.   Any more than seven makes the committee both useless and a joke.  (The School Board is notorious for ridiculously large committees.)

Both entities need to get serious about getting Broward students the education they deserve.

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