Miami Kappas celebrate 70 years of service to community residents

Miami Kappas celebrate 70 years of service to community residents Banquet closes out the anniversary festivities of chapter's frat house The Miami Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, founded on Nov. 23, 1946, celebrated 70 years of service and brotherhood at the chapter's fraternity house located in Miami's West Little River area. Fraternity and sorority alumni chapters, in contrast to undergraduate chapters, consist of members who have graduated from their respective colleges but are still involved in the fraternity both socially and in service to the community. Undergraduate chapters are those commonly found on college campuses. Throughout its history,.
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No light shining in our Black community

No light shining in our Black community Darkness has seemed to outshine light in Miami’s urban core over the past 12 months with the increasing incidents of senseless gun violence among our children and youth, incidents that involve mainly black males who are either victims or suspects in the murder and mayhem that has gripped an entire community. And it was extremely difficult to find light on a breezy, sunny South Florida Sunday afternoon---one day after the senseless death of 6-year old King Carter. I found only darkness, pain, sorrow and despair which found their way to Santonio Carter, the.
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Miami-Dade County Public Schools system to track contracts behind schedule

Miami-Dade County Public Schools system to track contracts behind schedule' Personnel issues are part of delay, according to software company When Superintendent Alberto Carvalho courted Black Miami to support the $1.2 billion general obligation bond, he promised that the Miami-Dade County Public Schools District would track Black business participation. In an ideal world, Carvalho wanted to monitor who got major contracts, which subcontractors were hired, who was hired as construction workers, and eventually track Black vendor procurement for goods and services. Yet, more than four years later, a compliance software system — a key piece of the process that would.
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Black contractors shortchanged out of $1.2B pot

Black contractors shortchanged out of $1.2B pot $21 million of $536 million spent goes to urban communities, latest data shows The 2012 public school General Obligation Bond that was pushed heavily in Black Miami-Dade neighborhoods has yielded three new campuses, and dozens of overhauled campuses. But of roughly $536 million spent or otherwise allocated to companies, only $21 million has gone to Black prime contractors. That amounts to 4.6 percent of the money allocated, a figure that Black business leaders and contractors say is abysmal. A search of data released to The Miami Times by the Miami-Dade Public Schools System.
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Providing a hot meal for Miami-Dade students after a hurricane

Providing a hot meal for Miami-Dade students after a hurricane The powerful winds of Hurricane Irma blew through South Florida, leaving a trail of debris, devastation, and even death. Evidence was visible in uprooted trees, downed power lines, and the tragic deaths of elderly who would lose their lives from heat exhaustion as a result of an extended loss of power in a rehabilitation center charged with their care. As a person of faith, I have always embraced the promises of Psalm 30:5, which assures that weeping may endure for a night, but that there would be “joy in the.
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School janitors say they are overworked and struggling to keep campuses clean

School janitors say they are overworked and struggling to keep campuses clean' School janitors in Miami-Dade are struggling to keep buildings clean as budget cuts and the loss of students to charter schools have led to reductions in custodial staff. At a School Board meeting on Wednesday, janitors and union representatives said custodians are overworked and unable to keep up with the cleaning demands at the county’s schools. They urged the school district to hire more janitors and reevaluate how custodians are assigned to schools. “These kids matter. They need to come into a clean school,” said Helen Huls, a.
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Miami-Dade Schools win $15 million federal grant for magnet programs

Miami-Dade Schools win $15 million federal grant for magnet programs' Miami-Dade County Public Schools was one of four Florida school districts to win a $15 million grant from The U.S. Education Department’s Magnet Schools Assistance Program to implement magnet schools that increase racial integration, promote academic opportunity and excellence. The Magnet Schools Assistance Program grant aims to eliminate, reduce, or prevent the isolation of minorities in elementary and secondary schools and strengthening academic achievement. The school board will use this grant to implement new programs at Barbara Goleman High School, Miami Southridge High School, and Pine Lake Elementary School. Barbara Goleman High will be restructured into.
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We can ensure that student discipline measures are on the right track

We can ensure that student discipline measures are on the right track' School safety and student discipline will always be primary concerns among policy makers, district administrators, principals, teachers, parents, students and school stakeholders. As the ultimate authority for ensuring school safety and setting standards for student discipline, the Miami-Dade County School Board must effectively balance the choice between “removal” and “restoration” when it comes to addressing students whose behaviors compromise the learning environment and pose a threat to the physical safety and well-being of others, as well as the right of all students to be safe and learn. Through.
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Gallon: ‘Turnaround starts with awareness’

Gallon: ‘Turnaround starts with awareness’ New school board members begin journey for change in their districts Fresh off his victory celebration in the District 1 School Board race, Steve Gallon received well-wishes from his campaign team, new board colleagues and Superintendent Alberto Carvalho. He didn’t hear from Wilbert “Tee” Holloway, the man he defeated in a sometimes ugly, heated election. “I have not heard from Mr. Holloway,” Gallon said. Since Election Night, Gallon has made the rounds, thanking supporters along the way, and repeating his campaign promises to tackle low performance and raise test scores in District 1, using his.
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Scott Lake Elementary kicks off GOB project

Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho, School Board Member Dr. Steve Gallon III, Principal Lakesha M. Wilson-Rochelle and district representatives gathered at Scott Lake Elementary Oct. 5 to break ground on its general obligation bond (GOB) construction project at the Northwest Miami-Dade school. Slated to be completed on August 2018, the school district estimates the project will cost $3.5 million. Some of the planned renovations include a new 10,546 square feet, one-story building with 10 primary classrooms for 180 new student stations; demolition of three classroom buildings; new ceiling, lighting and flooring throughout; new bus drop off and covered walkway; heating,.
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