Broward County Public Schools was recently presented a check for $200,000 by Florida State Representative Shevrin Jones and members of the Broward Legislative Delegation in support of Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Minority Male Mentoring Initiative. Members of the delegation were on hand for a special check presentation to School Board members and Superintendent Robert W. Runcie at the September 16, 2014, regular School Board meeting.
The District’s Student Services Department will oversee the $200,000 appropriation from the Governor’s budget, which will be used to help close the achievement gap between minority male students and other student populations. The funds will specifically support efforts to implement and enhance the District’s signature Mentoring Tomorrow’s Leaders (MLT) program at Deerfield Beach High School and Nova High School. MTL is a peer-to-peer mentoring, student leadership and dropout prevention program that serves youth who are at-risk for not remaining in school and/or graduating. High school mentors in the MLT program will also have a mentor of their own through a partnership with Broward College. College tours and leadership training will also be offered thanks to the state funding.
Following the special check presentation, School Board members joined Superintendent Runcie in acknowledging and honoring members of the Broward Delegation for their continued support of public education in Broward County, and for their efforts to secure additional K-12 education funding to benefit the students of BCPS.
Members of the Broward Delegation honored were: Representative Jim Waldman, House District 96 and Broward Delegation Chair; Representative Gwyndolen Clarke-Reed, House District 92; Representative Perry E. Thurston, Jr., House District 94; Representative Joseph Gibbons, House District 100; Representative Shevrin Jones, House District 101; Representative Richard Stark, House District 104; and Senator Oscar Braynon, II, Senate District 36.
The BCPS Legislative Affairs department works with the Florida Legislature and United States Congress to boost funding and adopt policies in support of the District’s mission to educate today’s students to succeed in tomorrow’s world. For more information, contact Sheela VanHoose, director of Legislative Affairs, at
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