Beto O'Rourke Pitches South Florida Teachers In Town Hall Leading Up To Debates
Beto O’Rourke will be among 20 Democratic presidential candidates debating this week in Miami. But on Tuesday night, he got the stage to himself.
New Charter 'Schools Of Hope' Slated To Open In Liberty City, With Potential $23M Price Tag
A controversial state law aiming to attract more charter schools to Florida could soon transform public education options in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood. The national charter school network KIPP is asking for more than $23 million in state funding to establish five campuses in Liberty City, eventually serving about 2,800 students in grades K-12. The two new elementary schools, two middle schools and a high school would be among the first “schools of hope,” the program championed by the Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran during his tenure as House Speaker. His signature initiative offered $140 million to incentivize high-performing charter networks to open in neighborhoods where traditional public schools have struggled. The national nonprofit KIPP was one of the charter networks Corcoran name-dropped when explaining his push for the financial and regulatory incentives that he believed would make Florida even more fertile for charter schools. There are now 655 of the
As Miami Dade College Adjuncts Vote On Union, Organizers And Administrators Claim 'Intimidation'
A conflict last fall over union recruitment at Miami Dade College resulted in multiple municipal police officers pointing guns at a labor organizer on the school's campus in Doral. The Sept. 13, 2018, incident was one of several alleged dustups that have led the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to file a complaint against the college charging unfair labor practices, a claim that is still pending under Florida's Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC). The labor organizers and the college administration are accusing each other of intimidation and harassment in what has turned into an ugly battle over a March 27 election that will determine whether adjunct faculty at one of the nation's largest colleges form a union. "Some of the tactics, unfortunately, that they are using go back to last century, which is intimidating faculty, harassing faculty," outgoing Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padrón said of SEIU organizers during an exclusive interview with WLRN last
Newest Leader Of South Florida's Historically Black University Plans Expansion
The new leader of Florida Memorial University wants to triple the school's enrollment, at a time when some other historically black institutions are losing students, facing threats to their accreditation status and even closing their doors.
Florida House Speaker To Miami-Dade District: Share New Property Taxes With Charter Schools
The speaker of the Florida House is stepping in to help charter school teachers get a share of the revenue from Miami-Dade County’s recently approved property-tax increase. Republican House Speaker Jose Oliva, of Miami, accused the leaders of Miami-Dade County Public Schools of “deception,” writing in a letter Friday that “an illusion was created that the additional taxes would be used to benefit all schools.” “Nothing in the ballot language dispelled this illusion or clarified the real intent of the referendum sponsors,” Oliva wrote in the letter to school board Chair Perla Tabares Hantman and Superintendent Alberto Carvalho. “Such deception by elected officials is simply intolerable.” In November, the school district asked property taxpayers to contribute about $232 million more per year for four years to increase teacher pay and hire additional school police officers. It was approved overwhelmingly. Since, charter lobbyists have pushed for their schools' teachers to get raises, too;