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WOW: Overseer of Broward Schools' PROMISE program looking at a fat pay raise

As you might have seen on Twitchy earlier Monday, the NRA’s Dana Loesch slammed former education secretary Arne Duncan’s suggestion that all parents pull their children out of school until some unspecified gun control laws are passed to keep children safe.


Loesch argued that rather than pull kids out of schools, administrators should be pulling the PROMISE program — Preventing Recidivism through Opportunities, Mentoring, Interventions, Supports & Education — out of schools. The program allows students who commit certain misdemeanors at school to bypass the justice system and instead attend an alternative school — thus keeping arrest statistics low.

So it’s not surprising that Hunter Pollack, who lost his sister Meadow in the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Fla., was incensed to learn that the administrator overseeing the Broward County School District’s PROMISE program is looking at a nice promotion and pay raise.

Scott Travis reports in the Sun Sentinel that Mickey Pope, who oversees the district’s PROMISE program, could soon get a $24,000 boost in salary and benefits:

The promotion is being made “to emphasize serving the needs of students, staff, families, and schools” in the wake of the shootings Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School,” a district report says.

The move comes at a time when Broward’s school discipline policies have come under fire, particularly the Promise program, which provides alternatives to arrest for students who commit certain misdemeanors.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported this month that the program is part of a culture of leniency in the district that allows students to get countless second chances and that student success rates are exaggerated. Superintendent Robert Runcie also has been criticized for insisting gunman Nikolas Cruz had no part in the program, only to backtrack this month and acknowlege Cruz was referred to the program but didn’t complete it.


Tim Sternberg, a former assistant principal for the Broward County Public Schools who once ran the PROMISE program, called it “a slap in the face.”

What’s the chance that ANYONE in the Broward County School District or the Broward County Sheriff’s Office will ever face consequences for what happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that day? Easier to just blame the NRA, isn’t it?



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