Erin Grall, Florida State Representative, District 54, Vero Beach, Florida. Excerpt from Section 3. Section 1014.02, Florida Statutes (1) "The Legislature further finds that important information relating to a minor child should not be withheld, either inadvertently or purposefully, from his or her parent, including information relating to the minor child's health, well-being, and education, while … Continue reading Doesn’t Florida Rep. Grall’s HB 241 Violate the Protection of a Student’s Confidentiality When the School Communicates With Parents?
One of The Florida League of Cities main platforms fit under the ideological umbrella of Home Rule, the idea that local governments — more than 400 of which are represented by the League — should have considerable discretion in governing themselves The Florida legislature keeps chipping away at “Home Rule,” as HB1 would authorize elected officials … Continue reading Florida HB 1 and Defunding the Police.
We are Natalia Vorano and Valeria Vorano, cousins of Verónica Martinez Vorano, who died on November 15, 2019 in Aventura, FL after a Brightline train hit her Mercedes SUV. We live in Argentina. We appreciate that finally and after 9 months, since the letter that kindly send Mr. Thomas Hardy trying to help in getting some … Continue reading Cousins Respond to FRA’s Response to Brightline Fatality.
On November 15, 2019, we wrote that Verónica Martinez Vorano died on November 15th 2019 in Aventura after a Brightline train hit her Mercedes SUV and that her family wants to know what happened. https://atomic-temporary-93487818.wpcomstaging.com/2020/02/14/brightline-family-of-woman-killed-by-train-wants-answers/ On March 4, 2020 VIA CERTIFIED MAIL we wrote to Elaine Chao, Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation … Continue reading FRA Responds to Fatal Virgin/Brightline Death of Ms. Veronica L. Martinez Vorano.
On June 11 2020 Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis unveiled a plan that expected K-12 schools to reopen in August at "full capacity.” On July 7 President Trump said: "So we're very much going to put pressure on Governors and everybody else to open the schools, to get them open...We're going to be putting aloe of pressure … Continue reading It Would Have be Helpful if Our Government Released School Re-Opening Guidelines Like Indian River County, FL?
On June 25, 2020 a record number of 5,511 new positive cases of COVID-19 were reported in the State of Florida. In Indian River County (IRC), 35 new cases were reported and four hospitalizations. There are only 11 ICU beds available in IRC. To date, 109K cases have been reported in Florida with 3,281 deaths. … Continue reading Who is Monitoring COVID-19 Short-Term Rental Health Hazards in Indian River County, FL.?
In the charts below look at the disparity between black and white third grade pass rates for the School District of Indian River County's Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) English Language Arts (ELA) testing. In 2015, 66.2% of white students passed compared to 30.7% of black students. In 2019, 70.2% of white students passed compared to … Continue reading Black Lives Matter in Third Grade Too… [Indian River County, FL.]
Let’s hope we can rethink and grow virtual learning into positive outcomes for all Indian River County students. On May 23, 2020 I spoke (as publisher of Vero Communiqué ) with a nice young man I've gotten to know who works at Publix and is a student at Sebastian River High School. He was worried … Continue reading How/If Indian River County, FL Will Schools Reopen?
Merchon Green speaking third from left. Indian River County, Florida was at its best and worst on Sunday afternoon May 29, 2020 across the street from the Indian River County Sheriff's Office. More than 400 people showed up for a rally organized by Merchon Green, founder of Pioneering Change, Inc., against police brutality in the death … Continue reading Sheriff Loar and Major Flowers Missed an Opportunity to Advocate for Community Unity. Indian River County, FL.