Broward County School Board Reinforces Its Commitment to Black Students

first_imgThe resolution was authored by the School Board’s only Black member, Dr. Rosalind Osgood, Vice Chair, District 5. “All of our children are important,” said School Board Member Nora Rupert, District 7. “Sometimes we need to remind the community that ‘equity looks different.’” Read the full resolution here. “As a Board, equity is something that we have been committed to,” said School Board Member Laurie Rich Levinson, District 6. “We have spent a lot of time putting programs in place and adding resources, but there is much, much more to do.” “I hope this resolution sparks an ongoing movement of critical reflection and honest conversations in our school community to forge racial equity and disrupt systems of inequity in our classrooms,” said School Board Member Lori Alhadeff, District 4. “This Board has consistently demonstrated moral courage when it comes to racism and equity,” Dr. Osgood said. “We started having Courageous Conversations about race years ago and allocated funds to ensure equity across the District. It was important to me for this Board to take its position, put it in writing and stand by it.” “Thank you, Dr. Osgood for bringing forth this resolution to reaffirm this Board’s commitment to our students,” said School Board Member Robin Bartleman, Countywide At-Large, Seat 9. “This critical moment in our democracy calls for a bold reimagining of our public schools where we not only commit to close achievement gaps, but also to close what Eddie Glaude, professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, calls the ‘value gap’ – the belief that white people are valued more than others,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “This resolution is a message to our community that we value not only all of our students, but we recognize and appreciate their heritage, struggles and barriers that must be eliminated.”center_img “I want to remind the community that, as important as this resolution is,” said School Board Member Heather P. Brinkworth, District 3, “it is also about the actions we take as a Board.” “Knowing that we have narrowed the gap between our white and Black students is a reflection of the leadership of this Board,” said School Board Member Ann Murray, District 1. “It is important that we cultivate and teach that culture.” The School Board of Broward County, Florida reinforced its unified commitment to Black students by unanimously passing a Resolution on the Commitment of the Broward County Public Schools District to Black Students. “Across the nation there are great disparities,” said School Board Member Patricia Good, District 2. “As a District and as individuals, we have all worked very hard to rectify situations and remove barriers from many of our students to ensure equity in learning opportunities for our Black students.” As a show of solidarity, School Board members read the resolution in unison. “On behalf of all of us on the Board, as leaders, it is critically important that we take this type of leadership role and that we let our students know this truly is a shared voice,” said Donna Korn, School Board Chair, Countywide At-Large, Seat 8. last_img read more

The mystery of Kroos

first_img(embed) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3ygI6g_CWM (/ embed)It is a mystery, although this course already had an antecedent for this situation, although partial: Kroos was one of the two slaughtered by Zidane in the rest of the derby at the Bernabéu, in which he started out with five means and only Benzema in tip . After a poor first half, Marseille withdrew the German and Isco and gave entry to Vinicius and Lucas Vázquez to extend the team by the sides, which gave good result: victory by 1-0, goal of Benzema.The fact is that Zidane has done relatively well without Kroos this season, which could motivate his decision to bet on the other four means. In LaLiga he did not play against Mallorca due to injury and Madrid relented (1-0), but then reserved it against Eibar and Osasuna and in both cases the whites won and shoneThey scored eight goals and left a good impression. Nor did he play at the Unionists’ house in the Cup (1-3), nor in Bruges in the Champions League (1-3).When Zidane was asked about his motivations to leave Kroos out of eleven in a duel of this caliber, the technician was not especially explicit, beyond stating that he had a plan and the Germanicist did not enter: “There was no injury or discomfort, it was a technical decision. He is a very important player but today’s option was this. When I say it’s a technical decision, it’s nothing against Kroos, who is doing well. I have players and I chose “. With the numbers in hand, it is true that the German is a key piece: he has played 2,543 minutes of 3,360 ‘, 76%; he is the seventh most used player by Zidane this course.While it is true that his participation at the orders of Zidane had been declining as the seasons went by at Real Madrid: in 2015-16 he played 81% of the minutes with the Frenchman; in 2016-17, 76%; in 2017-18, 64%; and in 2018-19, 52%. This course had recovered tone and prominence, but its substitution before the City supposes an unexpected slowdown without too much explanation. The question now is: Will he repeat the substitute in the Classic or will he return to eleven in a game in which Madrid plays life in LaLiga? Real Madrid, a few weeks ago an oil raft, is now a crusher, the dwarfs grow to the white team: he has lost five points of the last six in LaLiga against Celta and Levante; He has lost Hazard, his star signing of the course, probably for what remains; he needs a miracle in Manchester after falling 1-2 in the first round of the Champions League against City; and said meeting left surprising news, the substitution of Toni Kroos, one of Zidane’s strong men since he reached the white bench. Without news of physical problems for the German, the logical bet became that Zizou reserved to Kroos to settle the game in the second half, especially in case Madrid got ahead and needed to sleep the duel. Conditions that were given, but the white preparer preferred to enter Bale rather than the German; then, with 1-2, Lucas Vázquez and Jovic entered in search of a miracle. Zero minutes for Kroos.center_img It was especially surprising that the Marseilles coach gave up German in a match against an opponent like English, a specialist in tame the ball and against which a technical midfield was necessary first of all, capable of discussing possession before Pep Guardiola. Zidane chose Casemiro, Valverde, Modric and Isco before Kroos; Malaga once again entered the eleven in an important game, as he has been doing since late December. He justified the bet, he was one of the best in Madrid and scored the only white goal.last_img read more

O.J. circus is in full force in Las Vegas

first_imgThis time around, though, his part sometimes becomes secondary in a colorful, confusing story that includes new characters and some familiar old ones. Simpson is accused of holding up collectors of his own memorabilia – taking items he insists had been stolen – but there were already signs that this felony prosecution might prove as challenging as his last one. One of the alleged victims was arrested on a parole violation Thursday, the other was recovering from a heart attack, and the man who allegedly set up the meeting where the confrontation occurred has a criminal record. Justice of the Peace Joe Bonaventure Jr. set bail Wednesday at $125,000 for a shackled, weary Simpson. Two women with starring roles in his life looked on: Marcia Clark, who unsuccessfully prosecuted Simpson in the 1994 killings and was reporting for “Entertainment Tonight,” and Christine Prody, Simpson’s girlfriend, who bears a striking resemblance to his slain ex-wife. Simpson furrowed his brow as the judge read the list of charges against him. Gone was the slight smirk he flashed when he was arrested Sunday. He answered quietly in a hoarse voice and nodded as the judge laid out restrictions for his release, including surrendering his passport to his attorney and having no contact with co-defendants or potential witnesses. He did not enter a plea. After Simpson was released, a helicopter television crew followed his vehicle leaving the court, oddly reminiscent of the slow-speed chase in which he once fled police in a white Ford Bronco. On the steps of the courthouse, the scene was stranger still. People held signs advertising things such as real estate and an aspiring singer behind Simpson’s lawyers as they held an impromptu news conference. Darren Cone, 45, of Cocoa Beach, Fla., got his 15 seconds on stage when cameras caught him and his wife, Kim, handing out T-shirts that featured a mug shot of Simpson with jail bars in front of it and the message, “Get arrested in Vegas, stay in Vegas.” There was even a man in a chicken suit, who carried a cardboard sign painted with the words, “Not this time, O.J.” On the other side of the sign, the words: “See OJ Run.” The man used the stage name Chicken George. Simpson attorney Yale Galanter said his client did nothing wrong: “You can’t rob something that is yours.” Simpson, 60, flew home to Miami later Wednesday. The Heisman Trophy winner spent three nights in jail after being charged with kidnapping, robbery with use of a deadly weapon, burglary while in possession of a deadly weapon, coercion with use of a deadly weapon, assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit a crime. Authorities allege that he and other men went to a hotel room at the Palace Station casino last Thursday night on the pretext of brokering a deal with two longtime collectors, Alfred Beardsley and Bruce Fromong. According to police reports, the collectors were ordered at gunpoint to hand over several items valued at as much as $100,000, including football game balls signed by Simpson, Joe Montana lithographs, baseballs autographed by Pete Rose and Duke Snider and framed awards and plaques. Audiotapes of the confrontation were released to a celebrity Web site, but Beardsley told NBC’s “Today” show that he didn’t think an audiotape made at the scene was accurate. Beardsley was arrested for a parole violation Wednesday. Fromong was recovering from a heart attack in a Los Angeles hospital. Beardsley told police he expected that night that the collection would earn $35,000 from the “client” he had never met. Beardsley told police that one of the men with Simpson brandished a pistol, frisked him and impersonated a police officer and that another man pointed a gun at Fromong. “I’m a cop and you’re lucky this ain’t L.A., or you’d be dead,” the man said, according to a police report. Court records show that the man who arranged the meeting, Tom Riccio, has a criminal history, including grand larceny in Florida in 1984 when he received three years of probation. Riccio has said he was not concerned with how his past might affect his credibility “because everything’s on tape. That’s why it’s on tape.” He also said he had been promised some form of immunity by prosecutors. Legal experts say that issues such as who had rightful ownership of the goods and the reputation of witnesses in the sometimes less-than-reputable world of memorabilia trading could cloud the prosecution’s case. “The credibility of the cohorts in the enterprise would be a key issue at trial,” said USC law professor Jody Armour. Agreed, said Dennis Turner, a professor at the University of Dayton School of Law. “This is a pretty shady world and pretty shady characters dealing with each other in a pretty shady way.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LAS VEGAS – A man in a chicken suit. A Nicole Brown Simpson look-alike. A judge with a goatee and a long ponytail. These are just some of the characters of O.J. TV, a reality show on all the news channels Wednesday. It followed every twist, turn and lane change as a former football star appeared in court, posted bail and was driven away. The circus surrounding O.J. Simpson, charged with committing armed robbery of sports memorabilia at a casino hotel, was reminiscent of the media frenzy when he was accused and later acquitted of murdering his ex-wife and her friend. COURTS: Characters surround Simpson as he posts $125,000 bail and flies home to Florida. By Ryan Nakashima and Chelsea J. Carter last_img read more