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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Incompetence Wasn't the Problem in Broward County

No one who follows the blogging collective known as the "Conservative Treehouse" will dispute my claim that its most prominent blogger, "Sundance" by name, is America's best reporter. I got to know Sundance doing research for my book on the Trayvon Martin shooting, If I Had a Son. So instrumental was the research of Sundance and his colleagues that I made the "Treepers" the protagonists of the book.

Sundance's research into the political dynamics of Martin's Miami-Dade school system led him to expand his research into neighboring Broward County years before the Parkland shooting. We communicated the day after that shooting. We had a shared sense of what had gone wrong. I detailed some of this last week in an article on what one public interest magazine called the "Broward County solution." In Broward County, they call it more modestly the "PROMISE Program."

In November 2013, Sundance first reported that Broward County was "willing to jump on the diversionary bandwagon." As an attached Associated Press article noted, "One of the nation's largest school districts has reached an agreement with law enforcement agencies and the NAACP to reduce the number of students being charged with crimes for minor offenses." The goal, as the article explained, was to create an alternative to the zero-tolerance policies then in place by giving principals, not law enforcement, the authority to determine the nature of the offense.

In a collaborative agreement among school officials and law enforcement, the presence of the NAACP might seem anomalous, but not in the Obama era, where considerations of race routinely shaped educational policy. "One of the first things I saw was a huge differential in minority students, black male students in particular, in terms of suspensions and arrests," Broward's recently hired school superintendent, Robert Runcie, told the American Prospect. A black American, Runcie assumed that the differential was due largely to some unspoken institutional bias against minorities. As he saw it, these suspensions played a major role in the so-called "achievement gap" between white and minority students.

The first two "whereas" clauses in the collaborative agreement deal with opportunities for students in general, but the third speaks to the motivating issue behind the agreement: "Whereas, across the country, students of color, students with disabilities, and LGBTQ students are disproportionately impacted by school-based arrests for the same behavior as their peers."



Anonymous said...

What parents need to do is ask about school surveillance cameras. The Broward school cameras were delayed. Not an accident or a malfunction. This is done on purpose. Schools Closed Circuit camera systems have a thirty minute delay to allow video evidence of student crimes to be destroyed.

Anonymous said...

No it wasn't incompetence. It was a calculated move by democrats starting with obama to make themselves look like they were improving things. Democrat voters none being the brightest bulb in the pack fall for the deceptions. Not Republicans though. They are not only morally superior but intellectually superior to democrats. Democrats said themselves they are nasty and nasty they are. That is why the loser sheriff had to change to a democrats. Republicans are all too smart to fall for BS like this.

Steve said...

A6:28, I'm curious as to why the cameras would even be delayed, (I heard 20 minutes, but that's 30 is still a delay too long)? Why even have them except for an after the fact record of history? The purpose of them is to be live and up to the second for... wait for it... SURVEILLANCE!

Even with that, the shots fired and Scot Peterson's (lack of) response still happened on time with the situation in real time, and the 3 arriving deputies were probably not a factor in the video as they arrived from off site, leading us to believe that nobody bothers to watch 20-30 minute delayed video at the school because it's probably an exercise in futility?

Everyone in the office needs a live on time video display so they can see in real time what is happening in the halls to respond immediately to any crisis.

Oh, wait. It's so much easier to wait until the fracas is over and then report on it instead of actually responding to it in real time.

No blood that way. No teacher assaults. No crime happened involving staff. Everybody goes home safe...

Anonymous said...

Cameras were hacked by the intelligence agency who perpetrated the event.

Past time to wake up people

Anonymous said...

Steve here is what I heard from pouring over social media. It is delayed so if a fight or whatever breaks out and it is recorded they don't have to go back and look for it to erase it. School admins can immediately go and sit and wait for that part then start erasing. Then it is harder to detect edits evidently if they can even be detected all all that way. This aren't my observations but the observations of people not only in FL but nationwide who have not been able to obtain school security video of an incident their child was involved in. They are told it doesn't exist. It seems to be a common practice in not only troubled schools but some others as well.

Anonymous said...

If only Trump were there to save the day!