Published on Thursday, July 19, 2012
FCAT doesn’t serve students — or parents
BY FREDERICA S. WILSON
As a former school principal I believe in accountability, but it must be transparent. As we digest the release of school grades from the Florida Department of Education, I want to say one thing — this is madness.
For 14 years I have fought against the FCAT. As, Bs, Cs, Ds, and Fs? How ridiculous. This is nothing but hoodwinking parents and the community by putting grades on a school. No other state in America deceives their communities by devising formulas that no person or school can decipher. For far too long students have been treated as experiments in petri dishes, and life-altering decisions have been made with a callous disregard for children’s futures.
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/07/18/2901645/fcat-doesnt-serve-students-or.html
Published on Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Change or repeal ‘Stand Your Ground’
BY FREDERICA S. WILSON
Many bills are adopted in Congress and in state legislatures every year that have controversial and unintended consequences that are revealed after the bill becomes law. Stand Your Ground is one such law and like so many others, certain segments of Stand Your Ground should be amended out — or Stand Your Ground should be repealed.
The governor has convened a task force to study the legislation; some state senators have done the same. The Justice Department will conduct a thorough and independent investigation. In fact, the investigations are going on at every level of government in this case. The Congressional Black Caucus is asking the Justice Department to look into the ever-changing interpretation of Stand Your Ground in cases we have witnessed personally in Florida, including the Marissa Alexander case in Jacksonville.
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/05/28/2817547/change-or-repeal-stand-your-ground.html
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
April 15, 2012|By Frederica Wilson
The key to the next level of life is a high school diploma. Without it, you can't open any doors. Unfortunately, thousands of high school students will never receive that key even though they have completed all their coursework and passed every exam. They won't receive it because of one reason — the FCAT.
We must do better for children in welfare system
BY REP. FREDRICA WILSON
From the time that I first began my service as a lawmaker in Florida, child welfare has been one of my top priorities.
The memory of children who have died from abuse and neglect or have gone missing, like Rilya Wilson, a 4-year-old who went missing from my district in 2001, are constant reminders of how important it is that we do everything we can to protect children.
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/03/29/2721528/we-must-do-better-for-children.html
Job fair a sucess but we can do more to spur growth
Some 8,000 job seekers ventured into the James L. Knight Center in downtown Miami for a job fair Aug. 23. Many job-seekers had been unemployed for months, even years. There were young adults, seasoned professionals, mothers with babies, and mature workers. My first thought was “how awesome to see so many people turn out for this event,” but I quickly remembered that all of these people were either unemployed or underemployed...
Children at risk need better protection
Now, that same nightmare is being replayed in the Department of Children and Families (DCF) through the tragedies involving Nubia and Victor Barahona, who were found badly burned in their adopted father’s truck last month. Victor survived, but Nubia did not. We can no longer sit quietly by and treat our children like they are invisible...
Frederica Wilson: Charting new course for Haiti
Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/05/21/v-print/2227787/frederica-wilson-charting-new.html#ixzz1NOZFobs9
Sunday November 04, 2012 Against all odds, I kept the faith. I expected a smiling little girl with pig tails and chubby cheeks to say, "Hi, Ms. Wilson!" I was not ready, and certainly not willing to give up on finding Rilya Wilson.
Thursday July 19, 2012 As a former school principal I believe in accountability, but it must be transparent. As we digest the release of school grades from the Florida Department of Education, I want to say one thing – this is madness.
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