By Bob LaMendola
Florida Department of Health in Broward County
Before you know it, summer vacation will be gone and the kids will have to get ready for school again. So, it’s time for parents to start planning to get back-to-school immunizations.
The best choice is to take the kids to your family doctor to get their shots. But for parents who do not – or cannot – take their children to a physician, county offices of the Florida Department of Health (DOH) are offering free immunizations over the summer. DOH-Broward will offer them again at Lauderhill Mall from Aug. 8 through 23.
“Vaccines have helped us wipe out diseases that used to kill our children by the thousand,” says Dr. Paula Thaqi, director of the DOH in Broward County. “Parents who want to protect their children should have them fully immunized.”
Skipping immunizations does matter. In South Florida and elsewhere in the U.S., a few unvaccinated children have come down with cases of measles, chickenpox and whooping cough.
Florida law says children cannot start school unless they have received all vaccinations that protect against nine contagious and potentially fatal childhood diseases. Every year, parents and school officials get headaches when children can-not be admitted on the first day of classes because of missing shots.
Back-to-school Immunizations are especially important for children entering kindergarten and seventh grade, because different requirements begin at those grade levels. Vaccinations required for school include:
– Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) – Four or five doses of DTaP vaccine for babies and preschoolers. A booster dose, TDaP, before seventh grade.
– Polio – Three to five doses of vaccine for babies and pre-schoolers.
– Measles, mumps, rubella (German measles) – Two doses of MMR vaccine for babies and preschoolers.
– Varicella (chickenpox) – Two doses of vaccine for babies and preschoolers. A booster dose before seventh grade.
– Hepatitis B – Three doses of vaccine for babies.
Parents can also consider additional protection for the children, by giving other immunizations that are not required for school but are recommended by federal health officials. These include vaccines against flu (every year starting at age six months), rotavirus (three doses for babies), Haemophilus influenzae B (three to four doses for babies), pneumococcal disease (four doses for babies), hepatitis A (two doses for babies), human papilloma virus (three doses at age 11 or older) and meningococcal disease (two doses at age 11 or older).
But for back-to-school needs, DOH gives free shots provided through the federal Vaccines for Children program:
- DOH-Broward – Free school shots at two Department health centers and Aug. 8 through Tuesday Aug. 23, 2016 at Lauderhill Mall, 1267 NW 40 Ave. Evening hours on Thursdays, family fun day / health fair on Saturday, Aug. 13. Details at http://broward.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/clinical-and-nutrition-services/immunizations/index.html or (954) 467-4705. At the mall, DOH-Broward will offer HPV and meningitis vaccines for adolescents.
- DOH-Palm Beach – Free school shots at Department health centers and a mobile van. Details at http://palmbeach.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/clinical-and-nutrition-services/immunizations/index.html or (561) 840-4568.
- DOH-Miami-Dade – Free school shots at Department health centers and in the com-munity. Details at http://miamidade.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/clinical-and-nutrition-services/immunizations/clinics/index.html or (786) 845-0550.
- Teach children to always remain in clear view of the bus driver.
- Teach children to sit and not move around on the school bus.
- Teach children to always check to see that no other traffic is coming before crossing the street.
- Wait for the bus to stop before approaching it from the curb.
- Children should always board and exit the bus at locations that provide safe access to the bus or to the school building.
- If your child’s school bus
has lap/shoulder seat belts, make sure your child uses one at all times when in the bus. If your child’s school bus does not have lap/shoulder belts, encourage the school to buy or lease buses with lap/shoulder belts.
By Charlene Crowell
As students and their families begin preparing for another school year, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is reporting a record increase over the past year in the number of student loan complaints. The 325 percent increase in complaints includes federal and private student loans, debt collection, and debt relief.
According to Seth Frotman, CFPB Assistant Director and Student Loan Ombudsman, the growing connections between loans to gain educational credentials and the subsequent debt incurred that must be repaid – often on modest incomes – is a real-life dilemma.
“[T]the public broadly shares the benefits of a highly educated professional workforce serving in their communities,” noted Frotman. “Yet, too often, the financial costs of these new credentials fall on individuals in careers with limited opportunity for wage growth to offset these costs.”
When student loan industry practices that delay, defer, or deny access to critical consumer protections, additional burdens are borne along with the weight of debt owed. Little wonder, then, that consumers have contacted CFPB for assistance.
Over 320 companies have been the source of complaints that CFPB received from March 2016 forward to April 1 of this year. The largest number of complaints, 11,500, concerned federal student loan servicing. Another 7,500 complaints were about private student loans. Issues with debt collection, however, affect both types of loans and generated 2,200 complaints.
Navient, the nation’s largest student loan servicer, is also the leading servicer when it comes to complaints of debt collection concerning both private and federal student loans. Some 63 percent private student loan complainants identified dealing with the servicer or lender as the key issue, compared to nearly half at 34 per-cent whose problems were based on an inability to pay their loans.
Readers may recall that earlier this year, CFPB sued Navient and two of its subsidiaries for allegedly using shortcuts and deception to cheat 12 million borrowers out of their rights to lower loan repayments. The firm’s loan servicing failures caused more than one-in-four borrowers to pay more than $4 billion in interest they should not have been charged from January 2010 to March 2015, according to CFPB’s complaint.
As the litigation is still pending, it does not appear that Navient or other loan servicers have complied completely with the borrower options of Income-Driven Repayment (IDR), or Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF). Both options offer debt relief to student loan borrowers.
PSLF was designed to encourage student loan borrowers into public service careers and in return, receive partial loan forgiveness so long as all of the following four conditions were met:
- A qualifying loan;
- Enrollment in a qualifying repayment plan;
- Qualified public service employment, such as teaching, law enforcement, social work, or public health; and
- 120 on-time, qualified loan payments.
What CFPB’s report found was that reported servicer problems were preventing borrowers’ from obtaining their PSLF benefits.
Similarly, student loan borrowers hoping for affordable IDR payments have been similarly frustrated in initial enrollment and subsequent recertification with Navient and four other stu-dent loan servicers: ACS, AES/PHEAA, Great Lakes, and Nelnet. Among these five, two – AES/PHEAA and ACS – compiled the most IDR issues by complaints.
It would be wise to resolve this recent surge in student loan complaints before this October when the Department of Education begins accepting applications for PSLF. To forge progress in this specific area, CFPB has recommendations to ensure that borrowers and servicers alike are treated fairly and in accordance with federal protections. In 2010, the Education Department made an effort to mitigate harms caused to borrowers based in incorrect in-formation that servicers provided. In some of those cases, borrowers were enrolled when they were ineligible for the chosen payment plan.
Information that is easy for borrowers to understand would be an important first step in improving borrower-servicer relations. Secondly, for families already enrolled in IDR, reductions or changes in family incomes should be promptly reported and re-certified. Both the size of the family and income(s) are both factors that determine what is affordable under IDR.
“Servicer breakdowns should never stand between a borrower and the relief they are entitled to under the law,” said Whitney Barkley-Denney, Senior Policy Counsel at the Center for Responsible Lending. “We must ensure that borrowers and their families are getting the information and help they need from servicers to make their payments affordable and to qualify for any relief programs they are eligible for.”
Back to School—The Parents Responsibilities
“Some” parents never meet their children’s teachers, attend PTA meetings, monitor homework assignments, discuss report cards, or monitor what their children wear to school. They don’t know how many credits are needed to graduate or how many their children have. They also leave too many important future planning decisions up to the school system and their children.
NOTE: If your plan is for one-year plant rice, three years, plant trees. If your plan is for one hundred years, educate your children. Confucius.
- Only buy clothes you can afford for your children. Remind them that they will be briskly walking down the hall in a school, not sashaying down a fashion runway. Save some money for college or trade school.
- Take your children to open house and meet all their teachers.
- Your children’s school day should be the main topic of conversation at the dinner table every school night. Go through their daily schedule, ask them two questions. What did you learn today and do you have any homework? If their answers are repeatedly “nothing” and “no homework”, it is time for you to contact their teachers.
- Put the dates of the interim reports and reports cards on your refrigerator calendar. Have a sit down one- on- one detailed discussion with your children about both. It is very important that you let them talk and defend their position.
- Plan to have two hours each school night where you and your household have a lockdown. Cut off all electrical or battery-operated TVs, gaming devices, and phones. Use that enrichment time for homework, reading, writing, and family discussions.
- Never give up on your children. Keep encouraging them to respect themselves and others. Teach them how to take notes and study. After you have constructively criticized them, help them find a solution to that problem. Remember, if you watch your children for a long period of time, they will do something wrong and something right. Catch them doing something right each day and give them a big hug as you praise them for doing well. Age and size does not matter; they are still your “baby”!!!
- Take the time and have your children teach you how to use the Internet. You must monitor what they are reading, watching, writing, sending, and receiving pictures on line. No secret password for children in your “home”.
- Buy a one-year subscription to your local Black Newspaper. Some cost less than $40 a year (4 large pizzas that will last about 15 minutes). This should be among the first reading materials you put in your home library.
- In order for you to help your high school child follow the right educational track, you must know the answers to the questions below. If you don’t know, have your child and the school counselor guide you.
- How many credits does your child need in each of the following subjects to graduate: English____? Math___? Science___? Social Studies____? Health & PE___? Second Language_____? Computer Skills____? Electives____?
- How many does he or she have? C. What is his or her grade point average? D. What is his or her best subject? E. What is his or her ranking in the class? F. What is the grade point average required for the State University system? Community College? Trade School?
- Bullying is a serious problem in every school and grade level. It can be face to face by text or on the internet. You need to have a discussion with your children on a plan of action telling them what to do and who to tell when it happens.
Being able to quickly tell the names of the starting five on the NBA champions Golden State Warriors or the main characters in the many dramas on the Oprah Winfrey Network is good for sports entertainment conversation only.
Meeting, learning the names and communicating with the five or more teachers that will teach your children this first semester is “priceless”. These are the people you must know. This is the parent’s responsibility!!!
- John 1:4 -I have no greater joy than to hear my children walk in truth.
James J. Hankins is a graduate of “all Black” Williston Senior High School, three-year U.S. Army veteran stationed in Germany, A&T State University alumna, retired vocational education teacher, past president of the New Hanover County Branch NAACP, seven years as construction manager of Youth Build Wilmington, NC, charter member Friends of Abraham Galloway and author of the book “What We Blacks Need To Do; To comment on his commentary or buy his book. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Education policy experts ‘disappointed’ by some ESSA state plans
By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor)
Education policy experts have expressed serious concerns about some of the state plans submitted under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law in December 2015. The law re-places the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act; states will begin implementing ESSA in the fall.
Erika McConduit, the president and CEO of the Urban League of Louisiana, said that some ESSA state plans have failed to take into account the academic performance of historically disadvantaged students.
There’s also a lack of clarity on how many poor-performing schools would be identified as needing improvement, or what actions would be required to show they’ve improved, said McConduit, who served as one of the policy experts that recently reviewed more than a dozen state education proposals that were submitted to the Department of Education.
“While [we] do believe that states obviously have a vested interest in wanting to advance the outcomes of students, there is cause for concern when it comes to accountability,” McConduit said.
Federal oversight has always provided a layer of accountability, ensuring there are checks and balances; those protections may no longer be available under some of the plans that been reviewed, which worries education advocates, like McConduit.
McConduit, who earned a mass communications degree from Howard University and a law degree from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, said that as states transition from NCLB to ESSA, education advocates don’t want to lose any ground that has been gained in closing the achievement gap between Black and White students.
Recently, McConduit worked with a group of education policy experts organized by the Col-laborative for Student Success and Bellweather Education Partners to review state accountability plans.
The Howard University graduate also took part in the Education Trust’s “ESSA Boot Camp II: Advocating for Equity and Achievement in ESSA Implementation,” which focused on rating systems for schools, and support and improvement for struggling schools.
McConduit said that it’s difficult to say that ESSA will be successful across the board.
“What we have seen in the peer review process—not all states have submitted and we’re looking at a fraction so far—some [state officials] have really focused on designing [good] plans,” she said. “We’ve also been disappointed with some states who really did not resolve critical details in advance of submitting their plans.”
As a reviewer and a leader of a civil rights organization, McConduit said that she worked deeply on Louisiana’s plan, making sure that certain components were included. McConduit said that she was dis-appointed to see how some states did not move to flesh out thorough plans.
“We know there are gaps, historic gaps, where there have always been groups of students left out of the mainstream,” McConduit said.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) ESSA requires, “each state to create a plan for its statewide accountability system. In particular, ESSA calls for state plans that include strategies for reporting education outcomes by grade for all students and for economically disadvantaged students, students from major racial and ethnic groups, students with disabilities, and English learners.”
NCES also said that, “states must specify a single value for the minimum number of students needed to provide statistically sound data for all students and for each subgroup, while protecting personally identifiable information (PII) of individual students. This value is often referred to as the ‘minimum n-size.’”
The selection of smaller minimum n-sizes would ensure that more students’ outcomes are included in a state’s accountability system, but smaller n-sizes can also increase the likelihood of the inadvertent disclosure of personally identifiable information, education officials said.
“I’m cautious about these larger n-sizes,” McConduit said. “Our goal is to makes sure all these students are counted.”
McConduit noted that she was heartened by the fact that states continue to place a strong weight on academics, while also including new measures of school quality, like the number of students taking Advanced Placement courses and college entrance exams, students earning industry certifications, and whether or not schools offer art and physical education.
McConduit said that those measures are “evidence of states, who want to see the needle move forward.”
More than 283,000 Florida children do not have health insurance — the third largest number in the nation. Because of that, they do not receive adequate care, do not seek prompt treatment when they are ill, and when they do enter a hospital, are 1.5 times as likely to die there as are insured children. Working with others to address this problem, The Movement is engaging in cost-effective targeted enrollment efforts in the Florida KidCare program, particularly through school-based efforts and a local grassroots outreach campaign.
The inability to make health insurance accessible to Florida’s most vulnerable citizens is not acceptable. Now is the time for action to provide quality, co-ordinated health care for all its children.
When we allow almost one of every 15 Florida children to languish without coverage, we not only compromise their health, but also hinder their chance at success in life. Research shows that those with better childhood health earn and save more money, are more productive, and are less dependent on welfare and public subsidies.
Children without health insurance will not only miss out on opportunities to succeed in the future – they also are taking a toll on our state’s economy today. Uninsured children tend to visit the hospital more often for problems that could have been avoided through adequate primary care, and they are less successful in school.
Here are two ways to fix this:
- We must insure all of Florida’s children.Most of Florida’s uninsured children are already eligible for Florida KidCare, our state’s health insurance program for children without private insurance, but many parents don’t know that their children are eligible or may not know how to enroll in the program. We must launch a grassroots and mass media effort to make sure that all of Florida’s families have the facts about KidCare and, if eligible, can enroll. We also must expand KidCare eligibility to children of state employees and to families that earn 201-300 percent of the federal poverty line in or-der to take advantage of federal funding and enroll more kids.
- We must make sure that children have what is called a “medical home.” This means having a provider who knows the child, has access to health records, and who can make sure that care is coordinated. Coordinated care cuts down on costs, both by improving prevention and by limiting duplicative care. North Carolina launched a coordinated care effort several years ago that saved the state an astounding $231 million for fiscal years 2005 and 2006.
Mentoring programs connect children with caring adults and create the structure for a nurturing relationship. The Movement, working with partners from around the state and through the support of longtime early-childhood advocates Carol and Barney Barnett of Lakelan, launched ReadingPals in fall 2011 as an early learning and mentoring initiative focused on† literacy.
The goal: Provide mentors from the private sector for children from VPK to third grade. Volunteers must commit to one hour a week for at least 25 weeks to ensure more children are reading at grade level by third grade.
We continue to push this call for volunteers vigorously through 15 regions and the almost 100,000 Floridians we communicate with weekly. We would seek community volunteers from all walks of life throughout this state.
All children need caring adults in their lives to offer guidance, serve as role models, give emotional support and provide new experiences. Research shows these ongoing relationships result in increased school attendance, increased graduation rates, reduced use of alcohol and illegal drugs, improved attitudes toward the future, and lower levels of problem behaviors such as bullying.
Such involvement may be especially important for at-risk children who often live in more stressful environments. Return-on-investment studies have estimated a return of $4.89 for every $1 invested in mentoring programs, with some studies showing returns as high as $8.18 for closely targeted programs to reduce property crimes among high-risk youth.
A highly cost-effective strategy, mentoring can make a tremendous difference for our youth. Florida has been the national leader in mentoring and can reestablish this position through focus, sustained leadership and funding. This in-vestment has the potential to improve dramatically the prospects of young people in Florida. Join Reading Pals today to help make a difference in the lives of children in need.
Back-to-school does not have to mean back-to-worrying. Though safety inside school is ultimately the responsibility of the security professionals, principal and school staff, parents can take a few basic steps make sure their kids are safe. Here are a few guidelines.
- Learn the protocol. Important phone numbers, and all sort of other information relevant to emergencies are often printed in school handbooks and posted in classrooms. Familiarize yourself and your child, so that he/she has the necessary information in case they need to make quick decisions. Children should be aware of all emergency exits in the building.
- Follow the rules. If the security guards require signing in when visiting the school, be sure to oblige as it is only for the benefit of your child. The same holds true for schools that require visitors to be escorted when walking through the building, or wearing a visitor pass. Parents who respect their children’s school raise children who respect their environment as well.
- Communicate. From food allergies to disabilities, it is in your best interest to make sure that the schools know everything they need to know about your child. If your son or daughter has been subject to bullying, or exposed to other difficult behaviors, the teacher or principal should keep an eye on them to ensure safety. Make sure all relevant people are informed.
- The alternate path. Fire trucks, ambulances or other emergency vehicles can obstruct roads and change traffic patterns. Children who walk or bike to school should be familiar with more than one path home.
- Talk with your child. Children do not necessary understand vague sweeping statements so make sure to be specific. They should know to take their feelings seriously and recognize if a situation does not seem normal or is fearful. Give the children tools by explaining what to do in a tense situation,. For example, find a teacher or call 911. Make sure he/she knows how to contact you or a trusted neighbor who is likely to be at home.
- Get involved. Talk with the principal about providing proper security at all times. All schools should have trained professionals making sure that our most valuable resources, our children, are safe at all times.
As an approved provider for the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) ISSM Protectie Services hires only the best guards. We take the safety of school children to heart.
Many children have special needs, temporarily or through-out their lives. Others at risk can avoid permanent disability if helped early. Information and support – online, by phone and in the community – are needed to help parents through these challenges. Unfortunately, many do not know how or where to find help. Together, we must put this information at parents’ fingertips if there’s reason to be concerned.
Florida’s future depends on its children, and so we have an obligation to help them develop to their full potential. Unfortunately, the approach to helping children with special needs is inadequate.
This failure to assist those children adds to the economic burden on Florida’s families. These costs will only grow in the future, when today’s children may fail to develop into successful adults.
Untreated special needs also incur long-term costs. Children who do not receive early identification and intervention have more difficulty succeeding in life and are more likely to get into trouble. Estimates indicate that early screening and treatment of special needs can save $30,000 to $100,000 per child over the long run.
Research by The Washing-ton Economics Group shows that every dollar spent by the state to improve the health and well-being of children creates an aggregate total of $4.55 in economic output. That is a return of 455 percent on in-vestment.
We must expand the availability of services such as Early Steps, Child Find and Help Me Grow to prevent children from slipping through the cracks. Florida must address these persistent issues: The absence of statewide coordination of services and funding. The failure to share best interventions. Service gaps. No assurance of timely access to service. Insufficient high-quality data to evaluate outcomes.
We must create a single entity that represents parents, state agencies, child development experts and providers and that works to develop a database of best interventions, existing services and eligibility, geographic coverage and evaluation data.
With common-sense investment, Florida can transform it-self into a state that leads the nation in promoting healthy children, giving them the tools they need and deserve to achieve success in life.
BACK TO SCHOOL ONLINE RESOURCE FOR FAMILIES
To help families prepare for the start of the new school year, the Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Back to School online resource is now available. This resource links parents and guardians to information about the school calendar; school opening/closing times; the Code Book for Student Conduct; before and after school child care; breakfast and lunch menus; and much more. Share your back to school pictures with BCPS on social media using #BCPSFirst. Visit the Back to School Online Resource.
- Innovative Learning Technology Playground
The Innovative Learning Technology Playground highlights digital tools (both District-provided and freely available) that students and teachers can interact with on their own to explore, create, or simply to tinker. Tools can be filtered by grade level. Login and support documentation links are included.
Digital Tools for Teachers and Students
- Log on to Naviance-Family Connection
Broward County Public Schools is providing Naviance – Family Connection for all district students in grades 6-12 to help with college and career planning!
- School Board Special Presentations
The School Board of Broward County, Florida, proudly recognizes District and school achievements, events and initiatives, during Special Presentations before each School Board meeting. School Board Special Presentations are available on demand.
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The FAFSA is FREE to complete, easier than ever, takes less than 30 minutes and more people qualify than you think.
Learn more about completing an application for Federal Student Aid.
- BCPS Supports Its Diverse Students
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) continues to respect, value and support the varying needs of our diverse students, and provides all students with the resources to succeed in their education and beyond. Superintendent Robert W. Runcie responds to recent federal guidance pertaining to transgender students. Watch the video of the Superintendent sharing his statement with media.
Read the Statement Demographics & Student Assignments
Students are assigned schools based on their primary residential address. Students may apply for other school choice options during application windows. For more information visit the Demographics & Student Assignments Department web site: http://www.browardschools.com/schoolchoice
Please enter your full or partial address and appropriate grade level for a result.
Early Start for New School Year at Four BCPS Year-Round Schools
- Monday, July 31, 2017
- Summer break will soon come to an end for students attending Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) year-round modified calendar schools. More than 2,700 students at the four BCPS year-round campuses head back to the classroom on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.
More time off during the traditional calendar school year means a shorter summer break for students at Colbert Museum Magnet, Lake Forest Elementary School, Watkins Elementary School and McNicol Middle School.
“The success of our students begins with being in school on the first day and every day, on time and ready to learn,” said BCPS Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “We are proud to provide our students with high-quality and innovative educational experiences, and look forward to welcoming students and families in our year-round schools to another successful school year.”
The first day of school for most BCPS students on the traditional school year calendar is Monday, August 21, 2017.
Superintendent Runcie welcomes students, parents, teachers and staff on the first day of the year-round 2017/18 school year on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at the following schools:
7:45 a.m. Lake Forest Elementary School
3550 SW 48th Avenue
Pembroke Park, FL 33023
8:30 a.m. Watkins Elementary School
3520 SW 52nd Avenue
Pembroke Park, FL 33023
“Committed to educating all students to reach their highest potential.”
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has over 271,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 236 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 93 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 208 different countries and 181 different languages. To learn more, visit browardschools.com. Follow BCPS on Twitter @browardschools and Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.
- Early Start for New School Year at Four BCPS Year-Round Schools
Monday, July 31, 2017
- Summer break will soon come to an end for students attending Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) year-round modified calendar schools. More than 2,700 students at the four BCPS year-round campuses head back to the classroom on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.
- Countdown to the First Day of School: Check Out Volume I of What’s New in 2017/18 for BCPS
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
- Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) students are getting ready to start the new school year on Monday, August 21, 2017.
- BCPS Awarded $64,000 Grant to Provide Opportunities for Juvenile Justice Youth
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
- Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) recently received a $64,000 grant from the Florida Department of Education to increase high school diplomas awarded and ensure post-release employability for youth placed in Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) custody.
- BCPS Awarded $227,000 Grant to Increase Robotics Instruction and Resources in Schools
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
- Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is honored to be selected for a grant by the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation and NASA, which will provide robotics equipment, materials and teacher professional development for all District schools.
- BCPS Partners with Broward College to Launch Para-to-Teacher Program
Monday, July 17, 2017
- Broward County Public Schools (BCPS), in partnership with Broward College, launched the Para-to-Teacher Program for Educational Support Professionals with a pre-admission orientation event on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at Broward College A. Hugh Adams Central Campus in Davie.
- BCPS Announces Additional 2017 National Merit Scholarship Winners
Monday, July 17, 2017
- Congratulations to four additional Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) high school seniors announced today by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as winners of the National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities.