County doesn't need study on preschool expulsions
Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at 12:00 a.m.
The results of a Yale University study on ways to keep preschoolers from being expelled are likely to be ignored in Alachua County.
The Edward Zigler Center for Child Development and Social Policy at Yale released a study this week on ways to reduce preschool expulsions. Yale officials launched the study after their 2005 study showed preschoolers were three times more likely than children in kindergarten through 12th grade to be expelled.
Although Florida was ranked as the 19th most likely state to expel preschoolers, Alachua County has not expelled any preschooler since at least 1990, according to Kathy Black, executive director for Exceptional Student Education Student Services.
Study authors said three things reduce expulsions - classes of 10 students or fewer, rest periods for teachers away from children, and access to early childhood mental health counselors for children with challenging behaviors.
Black said the county has long had a continuum of services available for preschoolers and older children who need behavioral assistance and has been successful in using the services to keep students in school.
Student honored:Â A pro-Israel group has honored a University of Florida student who was involved in a controversy over the promotion of a film about Islamic terrorism.
Erika Kane, 22, has been named an Emerson Fellow by StandWithUs, an international nonprofit organization that seeks to promote Israel on college campuses. As a fellow, Kane will help spearhead Israel-related programs on campus and be awarded a $1,000 stipend.
Kane is president of Gators for Israel, a student group that helped sponsor a documentary film on campus called "Obsession." Fliers that promoted the film read "Radical Islam Wants You Dead," prompting criticism from Muslim students on campus. But when a UF administrator asked the organizers to apologize, Kane and others solicited the help of state Attorney General Bill McCollum, who successfully pressured UF to retract its call for an apology.
Kane said the fellowship offer preceded the "Obsession" controversy, but StandWithUS lauded her efforts in a news release about the fellowship.
SFCC volunteer fair:Â Students at Santa Fe Community College already volunteer at 100 various organizations around the area, and officials would like to expand that number.
SFCC will hold its Spring 2008 Volunteer Fair Wednesday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
It's a chance for students to chat with representatives of groups looking for volunteers and for faculty to find agencies capable of matching service learning projects to their classes.
Any organization interested in setting up a table at the volunteer fair should contact Lucy Paltoo in the SFCC Office of Community Service at 381-3660 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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