November 3, 2017

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 …

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November 3, 2017

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 …

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November 3, 2017

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 …

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November 3, 2017

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 …

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November 3, 2017

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” …

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October 30, 2017

Gallon: ‘Turnaround starts with awareness’

Dr Steve Gallon Turnaround Starts with Awarness

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. …

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October 30, 2017

Scott Lake Elementary kicks off GOB project

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 …

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October 30, 2017

Dade schools will take closer look at F schools

Dade schools will take closer look at F schools

Miami-Dade Public Schools will begin tracking  improvement plans, teacher quality and resource allocation at F schools in the district under a proposal put forward by District 1 Board Member Steve Gallon. The measure, presented at the Dec. 14 board meeting, passed unanimously. All eight of Gallon’s colleagues signed on as sponsors —- a feat that reportedly almost never happens. The plan …

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October 30, 2017

Gallon Asks District for New Emergency Policy

Dr Steve Gallon III Gallon asks district for new emergency policy

Miami-Dade County Public Schools is looking to have a stocked pantry to have food ready for low-income children in the event a hurricane shuts disrupts the area. That’s the plan offered in a policy item that likely will be approved at Wednesday’s school board meeting. The proposal by District One Board Member Steve Gallon III would require school officials to …

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October 30, 2017

A bond-new Myrtle Grove Center

A bond-new Myrtle Grove Center

Miami-Dade County District 1 School Board member Steve Gallon III, Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho, staff, students and community leaders gathered at Myrtle Grove K-8 Center last Tuesday for a ribbon-cutting event as part of the approval of a $1.2 billion General Obligation Bond. The bond received nearly 70 percent approval by voters in 2012. At the time, Carvalho guaranteed 100 …

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