Many of you know I have a soft spot for education. I started as an education advocate when my son entered Pre-K and I have been active in education at different levels since then. Tamarac has become more focused on education in the last several years and I have been honored to become the point person on our Commission for education issues. Please understand that this does not mean it isn’t just as important to others on the Commission, it is that each of us has been tasked with different areas important to our City.
City staff has been gathering information, speaking to the staff at Broward Public Schools and other education organizations throughout Broward County and we have a better understanding of what is happening in our schools. Currently, Tamarac students go to 16 different regular public schools in 7 different cities. 12 of those schools are “C” schools. While it is easy to focus just on the school grade, there are programs inside each of those “C” schools that should be celebrated and recognized.
An example would be the high schools our students go to. All of them are “C” schools, however, both JP Taravella and Boyd Anderson have nationally recognized culinary schools. Boyd Anderson has an International Baccalaureate program and Taravella has an outstanding DECA program. As a City, we are looking to bring more of these great programs and student achievements to light in the City’s social media posts and in the Tam-A-Gram.
The City has partnered with Hands On Broward and The Children’s Services Council to bring several new murals to Tamarac Elementary School’s cafeteria walls. These murals are based on the book "Maybe Something Beautiful",
which will be this year’s Broward Reads for the Record book and tells the story of how art can inspire transformation. We are sure that these murals are already transforming Tamarac Elementary and will set the groundwork for other projects at that school.
For those of you who might be interested, Broward Reads for the Record will be held on October 25th
and it is very easy to sign up to participate, just click here
. You can even sign up for the school of your choice!
I was also a part of an Education Stakeholders meeting the City hosted where parents, teachers, and others with a vested interest in education got together to discuss the needs of our students and how the City fits into education. I was very grateful that our School Board Member-Elect Lori Alhadeff was able to attend.
As a City we do not have control over what happens in the classroom, however, we can ensure that our children are ready for school when they arrive at the doors each day and that the students have a healthy, happy place to learn.
Stay tuned for more!