Having quality schools is a priority, necessity and challenge for all school districts throughout Florida and across the nation due in part to some misappropriate and/or non-funding of progressive, positive programs and the securing of professional faculty and staff that can deliver the educational package daily to the students that need academic and vocational involvement in their learning to prepare themselves for the worldwide economy which starts with good parents in good schools in thriving communities.
The prestigious LEED® Green Building Certification was recently awarded to Heritage Elementary as announced by the School District of Palm Beach County. Heritage Elementary School has been awarded LEED® - Existing Buildings, Operations & Maintenance (EBOM) certification as established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).
“Heritage Elementary is only the second K-12 elementary school in the entire State of Florida to achieve USGBC -EBOM certification; a tremendous distinction and team accomplishment. This project will provide long-lasting benefits to the District including significant energy savings, demonstrate our commitment to environmental stewardship, and strengthen student & staff engagement in environmental conservation principles” said the School District’s LEED certification team leader, Paul Strauss.
Quality schools mean quality in the academic and/or vocational endeavors as well as the facility structure and maintenance of the schools. LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
According to an article by Thomas C. Frohlich and Michael B. Sauter, 24/7 Wall St., Education news and research publication Education Week recently released its 18th annual survey of the status of education in all 50 states. The K-12 Achievement Index is one indicator in Education Week’s “Quality Counts” report that measures key education outcomes and provides ranks and grades for each state based on their commitment to improve educational policies and practices. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the states with the best and worst scores for K-12 achievement.
The following information was listed (as reviewed by 24/7 Wall St.) showing Florida ranked as #7 as one of the best amongst the 50 states with: State score of 75.8, high school graduation rate: 72.9% (17th worst), per pupil expenditure: $9,752 (15th lowest), preschool enrollment: 50.8% (tied for 11th highest).
Florida was one of just a few states to receive an A in the transitions and alignment category, which measures how schools manage students’ transitions between the school systems and secondary education or employment. To smooth transitions between school, postsecondary institutions and the workforce, Florida uses high school assessments to aid postsecondary decisions, one of a few states to do so. Florida school systems received among the highest marks in the country in equity and spending indicators, indicating that funds are well distributed across school districts in the state.
REF: Click here to view the slideshow for full details, States with the best schools
REF: SDPBC (Press Release) Public Affairs Office Jan. 2014