Universal donates money to troubled local school

Posted Thursday, October 24, 2002 4:53 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Universal Orlando announced this week that it would donate more than $100,000 to Eccelston Elementary School in Orange County. The theme park adopted the west Orlando school after it received an "F" grade from the state earlier this year.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

Thursday, October 24, 2002 4:56 AM

Classy move for the park. Kudos to them for doing this.

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Thanks Great America!

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Thursday, October 24, 2002 7:52 AM
rollergator's avatar Wow, we have no state income tax, a lottery "designed" to fund our school system, and still we have schoolkids out on street corners with signs that read: "Will work for an education". Something's *amiss* here in the Sunshine State, hmmm? Good job on the part of Universal, but for some reason I'm led to question the values of a society that can EASILY fund more prisons and more weapons, but views children as an unnecessary expense.....
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Thursday, October 24, 2002 8:00 AM
Well, seeing as the majority of active voters here in the Sunshine State have grey hair, I can see why education always gets the shaft!
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Thursday, October 24, 2002 11:21 AM

rollergator, your state is not alone. Kansas City in Missouri lost their state accreditation (which means your diploma means nothing to colleges) a while back. They have since regained provisional accreditation, but their Superintendant is more interested in driving around in his Lexus that the district has leased for him.

Far to often, education is overlooked, and the first place targeted to trim budgets. Then they try to understand why other countries education systems are so much more functional.

I don't think you can blame it on the "grey hair". There has to be more than one group witholding the money or blocking improvements.

Then again, we still teach that Colombus discovered America.

News flash......you CANNOT discover a land that already has inhabitants.

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Waiting for the CP announcement to be made so that about 1000+ posts will be made complaining about it.

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Thursday, October 24, 2002 1:30 PM

Maybe they should have spent the money evaluating the teachers in that school first and gone from there. It's very possible the teachers and principal in that scholl either don't care or just suck at their jobs. I know in this society people always try to find someone to blame but maybe in this case looking into the way the school is run could help.

Just a thought.

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Thursday, October 24, 2002 6:59 PM
rollergator's avatar Matt, we rank 49th in the country on spending on kids birth-5....I should know...;) As we like to say here in FL, "thank goodness for MS, at least we're not 50th".
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Friday, October 25, 2002 8:18 AM
Well, speaking as an educator with over 10 years of experience, I can only say that increased funds do *not* always = academic improvement.
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Friday, October 25, 2002 10:43 AM
rollergator's avatar

Couldn't agree more, Zoik....but, when you're 49th out of 50, it certainly does *suggest* that kids aren't exactly a "priority". I'd never say that "throwing money at the problem" will resolve all the issues surrounding the educational system we have in the U.S., but making education and kids a "priority" to me seems a good investment in the long run....

bill, economist, prefers looking at "the long run" to taking one...;)

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Friday, October 25, 2002 5:55 PM
I wish someone would do that with my high school...oh but wait, the adminstration would just pocket that money and the school would stay the same. Thats Detroit Public School for you

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