miami dade public schools

Holly Pretsky / WLRN

The School Board of Miami-Dade County voted on Wednesday to authorize legal action to challenge the controversial House Bill 7069, signed by Gov. Rick Scott in June. 

"The word that comes to mind is courage," said Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall during discussion. "We've got to have the courage to do what is right."

Holly Pretsky / WLRN

The Miami-Dade County School Board Held a public hearing on Wednesday evening about its new $5.1 billion proposed budget, the highest since 2008. 

The board tentatively also adopted a resolution to tax property owners $6.99 for every $1000 in property value. That's down from last year's $7.32 for every $1000 in property value. 

Miami-Dade County Public Schools

If Florida schools had a yearbook, Miami-Dade would hands down win “most improved.”

The state Department of Education released its annual school grades Wednesday and despite a high number of low-income and immigrant students, Miami-Dade recorded a milestone: the elimination of all F-rated district schools.

“Second only to the day I became superintendent, this is my proudest moment,” said Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho at a press conference announcing the results. “Nothing beats being able to say that failure has been eliminated in Miami-Dade.”

Miami Herald

Two former Miami-Dade students are suing the School Board after they found their Social Security numbers and test scores online along with the personal information of hundreds of other students.

The plaintiffs did a basic online search of their names and discovered that the information was posted on the Miami-Dade school district’s website, according to the lawsuit.

Daniel Bock For the Miami Herald

Wilson Sayre / WLRN

  We’re about a month into summer break for students in South Florida. But if you drive around schools frequently, it’s not always clear whether you’re still supposed to follow those posted speed limits telling you to drive a sluggish 15 miles per hour.

“Hello there” - the email started. “There is something you should know about, taking place tomorrow of 12-17-15 - Thursday.”

That was the email message received by the Houston Independent School District. A similar email came into the inboxes of school officials here in South Florida.

The emails threatened to blow up school buildings with pressure cookers bombs.