Miami-Dade Schools Police Department Chief Ian A. Moffett recently joined other Florida law enforcement leaders to encourage continued implementation of the Florida Standards to better prepare students for higher education and careers so that fewer turn to crime.

Chief Moffett was also joined by Florida Teacher of the Year Dorina Sackman and School Board Member Carlos Curbelo and pointed out to a recent report from the organization Fight Crime: Invest in Kids that highlighted research that shows long-term changes in wages and employment opportunities among non-college educated men may explain as much as half of property and violent crime rates. According to the organization, the results show that there are too many Florida students are not getting the education necessary to be employable in the new Florida economy. That puts them at a higher risk of becoming involved in crime.

The report also reflected the fact that more than three-fourths of Florida’s jobs require education beyond high school at a time when Florida students continue struggling to become proficient in reading and mathematics. Nationwide, seven out of 10 inmates in state prisons failed to graduate from high school.

“The vast majority of students will not be introduced to the criminal justice system; however about one to two percent will come in contact with law enforcement because of the destructive decisions they make,”
said Miami-Dade Schools Police Chief Ian A. Moffett. “These Standards are needed to ensure that our young people have critical thinking skills and problem solving skills to deal with life events. I am a product of our Florida schools system, both at the high school and college levels, and I know without a doubt that these Standards are vital to success in today’s world.”

Chief Moffett was also joined by Director J.D. Patterson from Miami-Dade County Public Schools and North Miami Police Chief Leonard Burgess, all of whom spoke from personal experiences in law enforcement. They mentioned the report as the hard evidence that if more kids are properly educated, they are able to make a living and will not resort to a life of crime.

Moffett emphasized the fact that the Standards were developed by Florida teachers, researchers and subject matter experts in a concerted effort to ensure students develop the English language and mathematics skills needed for higher education and the workforce.

Published by the Public Information & Community Affairs Office, M-DSPD