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Intersection: Child Arrests & High Stakes Testing


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More kids aged 5-10 get arrested in Orange and Osceola Counties than any other county in Florida. That’s according to public defender Robert Wesley, who says more of those arrests are happening during the school year than in the summer months.

Troubled kids are being turned over to school resource officers rather than counselors or psychologists, and Wesley wants to know why.

Ahead on intersection- a conversation with Robert Wesley, Osceola School Board member Kelvin Soto and Orange County School Board member Linda Kobert about the arrest rate.

Later in the program, Orange County Public Schools superintendent Barbara Jenkins joins intersection to talk about how the Florida Standards Assessment test went in her district. That’s after the statewide roll out of the new test was met with computer glitches and protests from some parents and teachers.   We’ll also hear from Cindy Hamilton of Opt Out Orlando- a group of parents opposed to high stakes testing.


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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

A recent transplant to the Sunshine State, Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of ... Read Full Bio »

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