Broward County School Board Meeting, MDC Tesla Program, Magic City Hustle & John Williams

Feb 28, 2019

Since the Parkland shooting more than one year ago, many in the community have demanded that Broward County School Superintendent Robert Runcie step down after what they say were failings in his handling of the tragedy. On Tuesday, Pinellas County Sheriff and chairman of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission Bob Gualtieri made an appearance at the Broward County School Board meeting. Also this week, community members showed up to a town hall, where some called for Runcie’s removal and others defended him. The Miami Herald’s Education Reporter, Colleen Wright, was at Tuesday’s school board meeting and joined Sundial to give an update.

Tesla is expanding its market and workforce in South Florida. Miami Dade College (MDC) recently announced the launch of the Tesla START program, a three-month training program where students can become certified Tesla technicians. We heard from Vice Provost of Academic Schools at MDC, Dr. John Wensveen, about the upcoming program. 

Jai Alai is a sport tied to the history of Miami, especially during the 1980s. Thousands would fill arenas to watch players use cestas to launch balls at over 100 miles per hour. Today, the sport is largely forgotten. Last year there was an idea to bring together former University of Miami athletes, from different sports, and turn them into Jai Alai players.Their stories are part of a new documentary called “Magic City Hustle” from Billy Corben and Rakontur Films, the makers of The U, The U Part 2, and Cocaine Cowboys. Corben spoke to Sundial about the lost sport and the documentary. The films will premiere Saturday, March 2 at the Miami Dade College’s Tower Theater as part of the Miami International Film Festival.

On Saturday, the New World Symphony will pay tribute to one of the legends of film score: John Williams. Over Williams’ five decade career in the industry, he has served as music director for more than 100 films. He wrote scores for Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Indiana Jones. Saturday's event will feature music from some of his best-known scores. Sundial spoke with Howard Herring, President and CEO of the New World Symphony, about what audiences can expect at the show.