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School starts Monday — Is the system Black-student friendly?

Critics blast District for excessive testing, lack of accountability and inadequate resources

D. Kevin McNeir | 8/14/2013, 10:09 a.m.

Changing rules in midstream hurts students most

School Board Member Dr. Wilbert “Tee” Holloway says he’s not concerned about the excessive testing or even which tests students must take. Rather, “I’m tired of the rules to the game consistently being changed in midstream.”

“As long as the State Board of Education keeps altering the grading system and introducing new objectives throughout the year, it won’t matter how hard our kids work — many will not be able to pass. Tallahassee is way out of touch with what’s happening in the local schools districts.”

United Teachers of Dade President Federick Ingram was much more critical.

“We have 340,000 kids returning to school on Monday — that means we have a lot of parents that could make their voices heard,” he said. “What the Administration is selling looks good but at the end of the day, many of our kids still can’t read, write or do mathematics. Of course we need competent teachers in the classrooms. But we also need to get rid of this testing sweepstakes that is inherently flawed. In 36 months we’ve had to deal with 39 changes to the accountability rules. How can our kids even win the game, or teachers prepare them for it, when none of us knows what it takes to get to the finish line?”