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Archive for Friday, March 31, 2017

A Quick Explainer: What to Take Away from Orange County’s Juvenile Arrest Rate

Orange County has the highest number of juvenile arrests in Florida, and black boys make up the majority of those arrests for crimes charged as felonies. As part of the final installment of Young & Arrested, 90.7s Renata Sago discusses what is next for juvenile justice in Orange County and what we can take away from the voices in the series.
Published in Central Florida News, Special Series Stories, Young and Arrested




FL Investigating Graduation Rates Following ProPublica Report

Florida is investigating graduation rates at alternative charter schools after a ProPublica report about an Orange County charter school that served as a “release valve” for nearby traditional high schools by taking in academically challenged students. Education commissioner Pam Stewart says the department will be doing a thorough examination to determine if inappropriate actions presented a flawed portrayal of districts’ graduation data. The ProPublica report says poor-performing students from Orlando-area schools, like Olympia High School, were encouraged at assemblies by charter representatives from Sunshine High School to transfer and catch up on credits. Once they got to high school located in a strip mall, some students said they would sit for hours a day in front of computers with little ...
Published in Commentaries, From the Pages of Orlando Weekly