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By David Volz

On Monday, July 21, 2014, leaders from the Broward County Public Schools  joined the Council of the Great City Schools and urban school districts from throughout the nation for a White House event with President Barack Obama.  The event included an announcement that 60 urban school districts, including Broward County Public Schools, are pledging to improve the academic and social outcomes of African American boys and young men.  Broward Schools executive director of Student Support Initiatives, Michaelle Pope, traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in the event, which took place at a Washington area school and included a Town Hall style discussion with President Obama.

With nearly 32 percent of the nation’s school-age African American males and 39 percent of the country’s school-age Hispanic males enrolled in big-city public schools, urban-school leaders agree that they have an obligation to teach all students to the highest academic standards and prepare them for today’s global society.

“The most important work we do as a society is raising our children and providing them with an opportunity to receive a high-quality education to prepare them for success in college and careers,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie.  “We are proud to be part of this national effort, as we continue to focus on improving educational outcomes and closing the achievement gap among our boys and young men of color.”

“Our job as urban educators is not to reflect or perpetuate the inequities that too many of our males of color face; our job is to eliminate those inequities  and that is what we pledge to do,” stressed Council Executive Director Michael Casserly. “We are pleased to join forces today with the White House, the U.S. Department of Education, and our other partners in an unprecedented shared commitment to improve the educational and social opportunities of our young men of color,” he added.


Governor Rick Scott visits Pompano Beach


By David Volz

Governor Rick Scott visited Hoebiger Corporation in Pompano Beach on the morning of July 21.

During his presentation, which was held in the manufacturing facility, Gov. Scott focused on the importance of education, especially technical education in preparing Florida’s workforce for high paying, stable jobs.

“We are seeing more jobs opening up in Florida, about 37,000 in June. Florida is place where people want to come,” said Gov. Scott.

Gov. Scott praised Hoerbiger for providing apprenticeship programs and technical training.

Hoerbiger employs about 350 people at its facilities in Pompano Beach. The corporation is involved in compression technology. Hoerbiger offers a four year apprenticeship program that trains people in machine technology. Those who complete the apprenticeship program received a certification from the State of Florida.

“There is a high demand for skilled machinists and we train them here,” said David Gonzalez, who in charge of the apprenticeship program at Hoerbiger.

Hoerbiger president Don York said he was pleased that Governor Scott was able to visit the company’s manufacturing operation. Hoerbiger is a successful manufacturing company that has provided steady employment to people for many years in Pompano Beach. The company has expanded over the years and is well regarded in Pompano Beach. Many of employees of Hoerbiger have had long careers there.

Members of the Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce attended the event. Ric Green, president of the Chamber was pleased that Governor Scott visited Pompano Beach. Community leaders came to the event and were able to see up close the work that Hoerbiger does. Also, many of the people who work in the factory were able to attend the presentation.