Miami-Dade County Public Schools

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With fresh haircuts and the knowledge lunch would be waiting on the bus when they arrived, about two dozen Miami Northwestern High School students headed to Washington, D.C. early Thursday morning.

This is an annual trip put together by an organization called 5000 Role Models of Excellence. The group arranges service projects for students who join the club and helps them find mentors.

They’ll be meeting with Civil Rights leader and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, attending the Congressional Black Caucus’ annual conference and visiting the White House.

Miami Herald

Florida House members were so impressed by testimony about school uniforms earlier this year -- convenience, improved safety and better discipline -- that they offered up $10 million to districts requiring uniforms.

The Miami-Dade school board likes the idea too. They required uniforms for elementary and middle schools.

Miami-Dade superintendent Alberto Carvalho says that’s easy money.

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Miami-Dade school officials will track how much minority-owned subcontractors are paid and create a new program to make sure district contracts are properly awarded.

Last month, the Urban League of Miami and the local NAACP released an audit they said showed black-owned businesses received a disproportionately low share of district contracts.

Superintendent Alberto Carvalho says he appreciated the response.

Charles Trainer Jr. / Miami Herald

When Monica Howell gave birth to her daughter Celeste earlier this year, the Miami-Dade school teacher knew she wanted to breastfeed for as long as possible.

On her first day back in the classroom after maternity leave, Howell carried a new set of supplies: an electronic breast pump, ice packs and storage containers for her milk.

She met with her assistant principal to schedule the times she planned to pump.

"Her reply to me was, 'Absolutely not, we cannot accommodate breastfeeding mothers,'” Howell said.

John O'Connor / WLRN

The Urban League of Miami and the local NAACP want the Miami-Dade school district to stop work on a $1.2 billion bond project to renovate schools and upgrade their technology.

The groups believe black-owned businesses aren’t getting a fair chance at school construction projects.

A district review of contracts -- a legal requirement if the district wants to allocate contracts based on race or gender -- re-ignited the long-simmering dispute. The district review found black-owned businesses received a disproportionately larger share of district subcontracts.

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For years, public schools have offered free breakfast and lunch to kids from low-income families. But a new study says only a fraction of those who get their free lunch are eating their free breakfast. In Miami-Dade County, for every 100 students who get free lunch, only 41 are taking advantage of the morning meal.

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  New testing data shows Hillsborough County schools beat the performance of other large urban school districts in math and reading. Miami-Dade fourth grade readers outscored other large urban districts, but were on par in eighth grade reading and fourth and eighth grade math.

StateImpact Florida

Miami-Dade schools has earned top honors for successfully expanding access to tough, college-level courses while improving passing scores, the College Board announced Monday.

Miami-Dade Teachers To Vote On Contract, Raises

Oct 30, 2013
Florida Center for Investigative Reporting

Thousands of Miami-Dade teachers will cast ballots Oct. 30 in a ratification vote on a tentative contract agreement hashed out this month between district negotiators and the United Teachers of Dade.