Week Ending January 8, 2016


This week’s Friday Focus Something Special Video features the return of School Duel, South Florida’s only locally produced academic quiz show by BECON-TV; and an encore presentation of NFL’s Bryant McFadden honoring his alma mater McArthur High School with a Super Bowl 50 Golden Football.


BCPS News Releases

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) “Conversation With The District” is a community forum, providing an opportunity for parents, students, staff and community members to share input and thoughts with School Board members and the Superintendent about what the District is doing well or where improvements can be made.
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) celebrates Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on Tuesday, February 2, 2016. This year's theme is Sparking AHA! Moments.
Florida Department of Education released high school graduation rates for the 2014/15 school year.  Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) graduation rate, which includes traditional schools, centers and charter schools, is 76.6 percent.

BCPS News Headlines

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Brag About Margate Middle School
Margate tends to be overshadowed by its larger neighbors, Coral Springs and Pompano Beach. Margate Middle School, however, is not about to be eclipsed by any other school, no matter where it’s located.
State board of education allows easier passing scores for the state's new standardized tests
The State Board of Education has passed Commissioner Pam Stewart's recommendations for cut scores on the Florida Standards Assessment, despite urging from some to make it harder for a school to achieve a higher school grade.
Giving minority contractors an equal chance
The success of a community’s students cannot be separated from the success of a community itself, said Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie. 
Graduation Rates Rapidly Improving Across Florida
 New data from the Florida Department of Education is showing graduation rates are rapidly improving across the state, and it appears South Florida is leading the way when it comes to picking up those diplomas.
South Florida high school graduation rates improve
South Florida's high schools are doing a better job of graduating their students, new data shows. 
High school cadets shine in JROTC title event
Niquel Fahie has gotten a lot more out of the JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp) program at Everglades High School than he ever imagined.
South Florida schools dish out free breakfast to all students
In many South Florida schools, the cafeteria is now open for more than just lunch: There's breakfast before students start classes and supper after they're dismissed. 
Support grows for magnet program at high school
Broward School Board member Nora Rupert, as well as Coconut Creek and Margate officials and parents of hundreds of local students, are leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to ensure the creation of the Creek Technical Academy Magnet Program at Coconut Creek High School.
Students hear survivors' stories
A record of 1,225 Broward County high school students learned about the Holocaust through the testimony of many survivors, as well as the screening of the 2005 documentary "I'm Still Here, "based on the diaries of teens, many who perished in the Holocaust.
100 Black Men of Greater Fort Lauderdale sponsors 10th Annual Bike Drive
There was no shortage of smiles among the kids who got a head start in the gift department this holiday season, thanks to the efforts of the 100 Black Men of Greater Fort Lauderdale. 
Six South Florida high schools among U.S.News' 100 best
Six South Florida high schools ranked among the 100 best in the United States, according to a new survey from U.S. News & World Report.
Test to compare Broward students to others worldwide
The Broward County School District will soon get a glimpse at how its students stack up against others around the globe.
South Florida 100 Forum Jan. 3
Robert Runcie, Superintendent, Broward County Public Schools

"For 2016, two major issues will continue to impact public education.