April 26, 2017


  • Florida’s Deceptive Common Core Implementation and Teacher Training

    Despite Gov. Rick Scott’s executive order (Executive Order 13-276) replacing the Common Core and withdrawing Florida from PARCC, teachers are still being trained in Common Core as the Florida Standards are essentially the Common Core State Standards with another name, slight renumbering of standards, and a few additional standards. In an email sent to me from Cheryl Etters (FLDOE Spokeswoman) … [Read More...]

    Court upholds firing of teacher who cheated, while accomplice is returned to the classroom

    On Tuesday, July 29, 2014, Department of Administrative Hearings (DOAH) Judge Cathy Sellers issued a Recommended Order upholding the decision of Miami-Dade County Public Schools to fire Mr. Emmanuel Fleurantin for his part in the massive test cheating scandal, Adobegate, at Miami Norland Senior High School during the 2011-2012 school year. The School Board of Miami-Dade County will either … [Read More...]

    Student, Not Teachers, Feels Heavy Hand of Justice

    In Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), there exists a double standard by the school system and its police department when dispensing justice between students and teachers. For evidence of this, examine the circumstances between a student, Jose Bautista, an 18 year old senior at Dr. Michael Krop Senior High School, and Mr. Emmanuel Fleurantin and Mrs. Brenda Muchnick, two teachers at … [Read More...]

    Who is the real victim of harassment?

    Miami-Dade civil rights complaint against public school whistle-blower dismissed Those who blow the whistle and interrupt the status quo are either met with respect or hostility from others.  In the case of Cleveland “Cleve” Roberts III, the PBS Coach at Miami Norland Senior High School and Trevor Colestock, Library Media Specialist at Miami Norland SHS and a Watchdog Wire- Florida citizen … [Read More...]

    Citizen Spotlight: Trevor Colestock, Schoolhouse Whistle-blower

    Can citizens take back their school district? National whistle-blowers like Edward Snowden have been capturing headlines more now than ever, but what about the local watchdogs who blow the whistle where the rubber meets the road? As the saying goes, “If you can’t take back city hall, you can’t take back DC.” Well, what if you can’t take back your school district? Florida citizen journalist … [Read More...]

    FL: Miami-Dade school leadership shows poor track record with whistle-blower

      Due to whistle-blowing activities and the fact Miami-Dade County Public Schools officials lack the legal means to transfer me, they resorted to a new low on Thursday morning: adverse action of removing me from the school site under the guise of public safety and giving in to bullies in the process.   On September 16, 2013, district officials tried to transfer me, but when … [Read More...]

    Adobegate: A Question of Justice in the Miami-Dade schools

    Are teachers being held accountable? At the Miami-Dade School Board meeting on Wednesday, October 16, Mr. Emmanuel Fleurantin was suspended without pay pending dismissal proceedings. Interestingly, the other teacher mentioned in the Miami-Dade OIG Final Report, Mrs. Brenda Muchnick, was not on the D55 agenda whatsoever as her involvement was deferred to the November 19, 2013, meeting. The … [Read More...]

    Adobegate: Texas shows Florida the path forward on test cheating

    Texas takes cheating on tests seriously Governor Rick Scott likes to emulate Texas Governor Rick Perry’s business and tax policies among other things. However, he and Education Commissioner Pam Stewart should take a page from Texas Education Agency (TEA) Commissioner Michael Williams. In response to TEA’s failure to accurately monitor and detect the cheating allegations in El Paso, TEA … [Read More...]

    Cheating at Miami Norland High: Screw Up and Cover Up

    Adobegate: The Inmates run the asylum If one ever wonders why some refer to the sunshine state as “Floriduh” and say Floridians are the bane of the nation, I can fill you in as I had a front row seat. Before the Miami Norland SHS Open House on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, there was a faculty meeting in the Library Media Center. The meeting was well run until the union portion of it began. … [Read More...]

    United Teachers of Dade staffers draw School District pay and benefits, but do not work at a school

    No school work and all school pay? In July, the Miami Herald identified 42 positions in various Miami-Dade County divisions that collected $2.65 million-plus in salaries from taxpayers as of July 2013 — but they don’t have to do their county jobs. The 42 employees are excused from reporting to their assigned work sites to perform their duties so they can serve as union representatives, and they … [Read More...]

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