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Hernandez Sees Challenges Ahead

By Al Pefley email

West Palm Beach, FL (WFLX)

The new chief academic officer at the Palm Beach County School District says they face some challenges.

Today, in what was billed as his first news conference he told reporters that the district needs to boost achievement of black and Hispanic students. 

"Our African-American and Hispanic students have a gap of instruction when you compare them with our white students. That is where we are focusing in the upcoming year.  We want to make sure our graduation rates in our sub-groups meet the same graduation rates that we have in our white groups, " Hernandez said.  

Also, the district plans to have kids in third, fourth, and fifth grade,  and possibly as young as kindergarten,  change classrooms several times a day and have several different teachers, one for each subject such as reading, math and science, instead of just one teacher.

Hernandez says parents need to give it a chance, even though some may be opposed to it and question that it's necessary. 

He also says teachers need not worry about being laid off. 

"We don't anticipate layoffs at this time. But you know, we never know what could happen. But our main goal is to make sure there are no layoffs. Our budget is balanced and therefore we don't anticipate any layoffs," Hernandez said. 

Hernandez just took over the job of chief academic officer last month and makes $180,000 a year.



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