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Reopening Schools, K12 Platform — Public Comments Dominate Miami School Board Meeting

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Daniel A Varela/Miami Herald
Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho speaks at a press conference on Aug. 31, 2020, recounting the software outage that hindered connection to online learning for thousands of students and teachers on the first day of the 2020-21 school year.

The Miami-Dade County School Board began Wednesday’s meeting with a special intention.

Board chair Perla Tabares Hantman asked to keep those teachers and students going through the “challenges” of virtual learning in mind. The board then jumped right to it.

Four board members walked in six proposals seeking to get to the bottom of the fourth-largest school district’s disastrous debut of its first week of virtual school. The board members want to know how its new online platform, My School Online by K12, was procured, if the school district could terminate the platform, how the district’s cybersecurity suffered more than two dozen cyberattacks, and have a clearer reopening plan going forward.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.