6th grader Mariah Harris wants to go to college and become a veterinary technician. “My dream is to go to college with my friends one day,” she told a panel of lawmakers.
She was accepted into a middle school magnet program that caters to her love of science and math. But before the school year started, her mother says the Broward County school district drastically changed the plan for Mariah’s education.
“Because she was going into middle school, it seems as if there was a strategic plan to remove her from being able to get a real high school diploma,” Harris said.
The new legislation, proposed by Sens. Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, and John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, would give parents the final say and the district the right to contest it before a judge.