Future far from bright for Blacks

caines | 4/11/2013, 5:30 a.m.

How will the community respond?

State Representative Cynthia Stafford says she thought the bill was problematic when it was first introduced and she still believes the same. She suggests that since Democrats do not have the numbers to control the vote in Florida, its vital that they work on having their voices heard. I dont know if we can reach their consciences but we will continue to advocate for the minority and speak to the majority, she said. Under the guise of balancing the budget, we have legislation that takes the entire state in the wrong direction. Like in the case of the stand your ground law, we have to work towards mending, molding or getting rid of such discriminatory legislation. M-DCPS Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, has amended next weeks board meeting agenda to include conversation about the pending changes and their potential impact. In a prepared statement he said, The time is now for Tallahassee to mitigate impacts by embracing a more reasonable set of criteria that results in greater access to minority students and those who live in lower socio-economic environments. Weve done better than any other county in Florida, Ingram added. We cannot allow this vicious cycle of changing the rules in the middle of the game its not playing fair. By D. Kevin McNeir kmcneir@miamitimesonline.com