Coral Springs City Commissioners’ Threat to Cancel CSFD Services to Parkland is Misguided – Real Issue is School Board’s Neglect of Coral Springs

The City Commissioners of Coral Springs are misdirecting their anger towards the wrong entity by attacking the City of Parkland over the recent school boundary changes for Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD). Instead, they should hold the Broward School Board , the 6th largest school board in the United States,    responsible for the poor grades received by Coral Glades High School a “C” grade. If Coral Glades High School had an A grade, there would be no discussion.

The Broward County School Board recently made a decision to change the boundaries that determine which school a student will attend. This decision has affected future Coral Springs students who previously would have gone to MSD, but will now attend Coral Glades High School instead.

Many parents in the area were outraged that their children would no longer be attending MSD, which is a grade A school, and instead would be going to Coral Glades High, which has a grade C rating.

At a recent commission meeting, angry parents confronted the Coral Springs commissioners and the Mayor. However, instead of addressing the real issue, the commissioners and the Mayor made ridiculous statements such as revisiting the Coral Springs Fire Department contract with Parkland. Parkland pays Coral Springs for the fire department services.  Three CSFD stations are in Parkland serving not only Parkland , but northern Coral Springs as well, making this city safer.

They are suggesting punishing MSD students by charging them parking fees. These statements were made in an effort to punish Parkland residents who are not being rezoned, and promote the idea of “Make Coral Springs Great Again”.

The City Commissioners’ efforts to demonize Coral Glades High School and its students are unwarranted and misplaced.  There is nothing wrong with sending children to that school.

If I were a student at Coral Glades High School, I would be upset that the city commissioners and some parents are making it seem like attending my school is equivalent to being sent to prison. This type of rhetoric is divisive and unnecessary.

Affluent Parkland Gets The Attention

The recent controversy over school boundary changes in Coral Springs has highlighted the glaring disparities between affluent Parkland and the rest of the city. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD), located in affluent Parkland, has received significantly more attention compared to other schools in the area. This is the same school where 17 students and teachers were brutally murdered in 2018. Board Members have their homes their.

In simple terms, MSD gets the cream while Coral Springs gets the milk.

Most Parents in Coral Springs Have to Send their Children to the C schools

It’s concerning that MSD is a Grade A school while Coral Glades is only rated as a C. The school board should be doing everything in their power to improve the quality of education at Coral Glades, which is located in a less affluent neighborhood. Every student deserves equal rights and opportunities, not just those in affluent areas.

Unfortunately, most parents in Coral Springs have no choice but to send their children to schools with low grades. The Florida Department of Education’s grading system assigns a score based on a formula. Coral Glades High School received a score of less than 53%, which is equivalent to a failing grade in university.

School Grading Scale: A = 62% of points or greater, B = 54% to 61% of points, C = 41% to 53% of points, D = 32% to 40% of points, F = 31% of points or less

The uproar from parents about the recent school boundary changes has forced Coral Springs Commissioners to make ill-informed statements in support of a minority of parents. However, what they should really be addressing is the poor quality of education that the majority of children are receiving at other high schools in the area.

If the school board paid more attention to the other schools and helped them improve their grades, then there would be no need for school boundary changes. Every child in Coral Springs deserves a quality education, regardless of where they live.



Author: HelpMeHoward