Racial profiling in Florida schools!

Florida schools require less from blacks and Hispanics under new education standards

Asian students should be the smartest, and teachers will expect the least from blacks. That’s the case in Florida, at least, where the Board of Education has agreed to pass a revised plan that outlines new academic goals for students based on race.

The Florida Board of Education passed the plan last week and hopes to have students across the state meeting the newly created goals by 2018. And while educators are hoping to have higher test scores coming in across the board, race and ethnicity play a deciding factor in what’s expected from Sunshine State students in the years to come.

Under the approved strategic revision, 90 percent of Asian students, 88 percent of whites, 81 percent of Hispanics and 74 percent of blacks will be expected to read at or above their applicable reading grade levels in future tests. For math scores, they expect 92 percent of Asians, 80 percent of Hispanics and 74 percent of blacks to excel, suggesting that some races warrant a lower bar than others.

Patrick Franklin, president and CEO of the Urban League of Palm Beach County, opposes the revision, telling the Sun Sentinel, “All children should be held to high standards and for them to say that for African-Americans the goal is below other students is unacceptable.”

Cheryl Etters, a spokesperson for the Florida Department of Education, defends the approved plan, however, and says the decision was made so as to set “realistic and attainable” goals.

“Of course we want every student to be successful,” Etters tells the Sentinel. “But we do have to take into account their starting point.”

Is this new law “Racial profiling” or Discrimination against the whites?

According to test scores taken from the 2011-2012 state FCAT reading exam, 69 percent of white students scored at or above grade level, while only 38 percent of blacks and 53 percent of Hispanics scored similarly.

Despite previous scores suggesting that students from some backgrounds are more likely to excel in tests than others, though, using race as a factor in establishing goals is raising opposition across Florida and the rest of the United States.

“Separate but equal is not,” Kris Amundson of Education Sector, a DC-based independent education think tank, tells Fox News. “I understand that this is recognition that students are beginning at different places — and that’s honest — but I think it is, at best, ill-advised to set different learning standards for students based on the color of their skin.”

Juan Lopez, a magnet coordinator at Riviera Beach, Florida’s predominantly black John F. Kennedy Middle School joins Amundson in opposition and tells the Sentinel that he thinks the maneuver is unfair, to say the least.

“To expect less from one demographic and more from another is just a little off-base,” Lopez says. “Our kids, although they come from different socioeconomic backgrounds, they still have the ability to learn,” Lopez adds. “To dumb down the expectations for one group, that seems a little unfair.”

JFK has a black student population of around 88 percent, leaving only around one-sixth of the student body to be stuck with studying more.

Florida Department of Ed Chairperson Kathleen Shanahan tells reporters that the revision is being made to help comply with the terms included in a waiver that Florida and nearly three dozen other states have within provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act, the President George W. Bush-approved legislation that allocated federal funding to public schools that takes into account test scores.

“We feel that it’s very, very important to have these goals so that we can draw attention to where our students are now, where each of the subgroups are so that schools and parents and teachers can all focus on where we are and where we need to be eventually,” Interim Education Commissioner Pam Stewart tells The Examiner in support of the revisions.

The Examiner notes that former Florida Governor Jeb Bush wrote an editorial in the Washington Times only last month calling into question similar benchmarks in Virginia.

“Schools’ expectations should be color blind. As a nation, we have rejected police use of racial profiling on the streets, by what rational do we now accept it from educators in the classroom,” Gov. Bush wrote.

Massive number of Floridians tied to Drug trafficking and cartels!

U.S. officials reported Friday that 111 people arrested in Florida for alleged links to drug trafficking, in an operation that seized drugs with an approximate value of nearly a million dollars, guns and vehicles.

The arrests were carried out in Lake County in central Florida during the operation keeping our streets safe , the sheriff said of the area, Gary Borders, a press conference. This is where I use to live, back then it was a peaceful area and we did not have all this drug trafficking and the such! I guess when the traffickers get tired in Miami where the world is on fire, they want to kill the rest of our nation!

Borders said that this is the second major arrest of the year, after nearly 50 people were arrested on similar charges in connection with the operation over six months.

A total of nine police teams were sent to locate and arrest 111 people wanted by the authorities and most of those arrested had criminal records for robbery, drugs and violent crimes.

During operation seized 700 pills that are sold by prescription, 499 marijuana plants, cocaine and other drugs in addition to $ 60.000 in cash, nine vehicles and 10 firearms.

“These joint investigations not only try to clear our communities of criminal elements that threaten the quality of life for all citizens, but also send a clear message that drug trafficking will not be allowed to control our streets and neighborhoods,” said constable.

30 pounds of Cocaine in cake mix boxes! Why would an 18 year old do this?

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No person in their right mind would do this knowingly, especially going through Miami International Airport! What? This looks like a set-up!

 An 18-year-old woman who was arrested after nearly 30 pounds of cocaine was found hidden in cake mix boxes in her suitcase will be charged as an adult, according to a Florida state attorney‘s office.

Ayesha Niles, who lives in London, was traveling from Jamaica to London with a stopover at Miami International Airport on Friday when she went through a routine luggage check.

“Twenty-four boxes of cake mix in your luggage,” Ed Griffith, spokesperson Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, told CNN. “It just seemed extremely unusual.”

It was unusual enough that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agent sent Niles to the inspection area for a second screening.

According to the arrest affidavit the boxes of cake mix contained a total of “+/- 29.30 pounds of powder cocaine.” According to the state attorney’s office the estimated street value of the cocaine in London is $650,000.00.

The affidavit says Niles told law enforcement that the boxes were placed in her luggage in Jamaica but she was not aware of what the boxes contained.

Niles was arrested on charges of trafficking of cocaine and transporting of a control substance. Niles turned 18-years-old this week and because of her age of majority and the seriousness of the crime the state attorney’s office has filed notice that she will be charged as an adult. Niles, who is still in the juvenile system currently, could not be reached for comment.

“This is an extremely serious charge,” Griffith said. “She is looking at minimum mandatory prison time upon a conviction.”

If convicted Niles could be sentences up to 15 years in prison for each count.