Having decided to run for City Commissioner of Sunny Isles Beach Seat #3, I have immersed myself in all aspects of our growing city and its issues. West side development is a major focus that I talked about in a prior letter. In this letter, I want to talk about Sunny Isles Beach’s school.
It is said that Sunny Isles Beach’s school is considered to be among the best schools. What makes it the best and who judges that? To answer that question I did an internet search on that and found excellent information about this.
I did in fact find out that Norman S. Edelcup Sunny Isles Beach School is rated a number 10 on a scale of 1 to 10. That is great! However, there is more to it than just having a number 10 rating. To be objective and completely informed, we must know what the 10 rating is based on. So what is it?
The foundation of the rating reflects how well students do on standardized tests compared to other students in the state, and ratings in most states are based exclusively on test scores.
At an event to meet candidates Mendel Bergovoy and Larisa Svechin running for City Commissioner Seat #1 (I am running for seat #3) at Tony Roma’s, Larisa mentioned the overwhelming about of testing of students that occurs. I asked her about this since I did not see the reason to overburden students.
Is the focus on all this testing to get that 10-rating? For this letter, what are the good and bad of it?
This has proven to be a double-edged sword that has cut both ways for Sunny Isles Beach and the school. Being the best at anything will attract attention. With that attention on our school, it has resulted in students coming from other communities that should not be attending the school.
They are referred to as “district jumpers” by the commission. In part, the reason for this starts with Sunny Isles Beach residents allowing their address to be used by those district jumpers so they can get into the school. The Commission should recognize this and correct it.
This has resulted in overcrowded classes and increases traffic. The traffic is another major issue in Sunny Isles Beach. Traffic comes with the growth Sunny Isles Beach has experienced and we have to stay fast on keeping west side development controlled; continuing with the school and its rating.
While the school gets a 10 based on test scoring, it only gets a three out of five stars based on reviews.
I am sure that you would agree that we want reviews of 5 stars too, and I think that there would be if not for overcrowding. That overcrowding must be putting stress on the students, the teachers and the parents. Read the reviews.
In addition, it is putting stress on our police officers that must deal with the overwhelming traffic when parents are bringing students and picking them up. If possible, avoid the area and Publix at that time.
As your Commissioner, if elected, I will work with the Commission and our City Officials to address this issue and others facing Sunny Isles Beach.
Vote for Greg Capra, #187, as your Sunny Isles Beach Commissioner Seat #3.