Miami-Dade County Public Schools

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After a former student killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year, Florida public school children are being watched more closely.

STEAM pilot program / Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Updated at 5:00 p.m. to include additional closures.

Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County public schools will be closed Tuesday as Hurricane Dorian threatens parts of South Florida. 

Miami-Dade Public Schools
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Members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission expressed frustration Thursday with a new state Department of Education tool to assess threats at schools. The Florida Schools Safety Portal launched earlier this month, on Aug. 1. 

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In the weeks before the start of the 2019-2020 academic  year, the department of transportation of Miami-Dade County Public Schools has been testing new features to increase the safety and reliability of their bus fleet. 

Transportation employees demonstrated on Friday morning a pilot GPS tracking program that provides real-time locations, routes, and estimated time of arrival for all county school buses. The data is also shared with county police.

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Smells of pikliz, arroz con pollo, Publix fried chicken and other homemade Miami potluck staples wafted out of the Adrienne Arsht Center as parents, guardians and friends  gathered to see a culmination of what their kids learned from the six-week-long immersive AileyCamp. 

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“I absolutely sympathize with the comments that say the ratio of counselors to students in the state of Florida and nationally are inadequate,” said Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho  during the school district’s first public budget hearing on Wednesday. 

“It is insufficient, it is a ratio that should not be accepted. We know the American Counseling Association recommends a ratio of 250 students for every one counselor, and we’re not at that. Nor is the state, nor is the country.” 

Colleen Wright / Miami Herald

It was 1999 when then-Gov. Jeb Bush achieved his biggest priority, the “A-plus plan,” which changed the way we have thought about schools in Florida ever since.

The law said schools should get letter grades so parents could quickly and easily understand how well they were doing. The grades are high stakes now, because if schools perform poorly for long enough the state can force districts to take drastic steps, such as closing them.

Twenty years after the law was passed, the school districts in South Florida have a lot to celebrate.

Colleen Wright / Miami Herald

It’s hard for a school district as vast and diverse as Miami-Dade County to achieve an A rating.

It’s even harder to keep it.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools is celebrating once again as Thursday’s release of school grades from the Florida Department of Education brought good news for the school district. For the second year in a row, MDCPS is an A-rated school district.

Even more impressive: There are no F-rated schools, traditional or charter, in the school district. That marks the third year district-managed schools are clear of failing schools.

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DISCLOSURE: The authors and editors of this article are employees of South Florida Public Media, the nonprofit that operates WLRN News.

The Miami-Dade County school district has opened the bidding process for entities that could manage WLRN public radio and television stations.

Melody Thelwell, chief procurement officer for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, led a meeting Monday to present a nonbinding request for proposal (RFP), which begins the process for organizations and companies to place bids.

STEAM pilot program / Miami-Dade County Public Schools

The City of Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County Public Schools' "STEAM Plus" pilot program, which stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math, is exposing students to the performing arts. The idea of STEAM Plus is to find ways in which the arts intersect with math and science programs. 

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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.

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DISCLOSURE: The author and editors of this article are employees of South Florida Public Media, the nonprofit that operates WLRN News.

The Miami-Dade County school board expects to consider by June a new plan for the management of the WLRN public radio and television stations, and the district’s superintendent is likely to recommend stronger oversight from an existing community advisory board or a newly created nonprofit.

Miami Herald file photo

A new federal lawsuit accuses the Miami-Dade County school district of punishing a student for reporting alleged sexual assaults.

The National Women's Law Center filed the lawsuit Tuesday in a federal court in Miami on behalf of its client, identified as Jane Doe. The lawsuit says Jane was a 14-year-old student at Miami Carol City Senior High School in 2017 when she was allegedly sexually assaulted three times by older male peers in school bathrooms.
 

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