Alberto Carvalho Cares About Black Schools

A group of parents and alumni representing predominantly African-American inner-city public schools recently accused Miami-Dade schools superintendent Alberto Carvalho of being a "slick operator." In a six-page manifesto, they alleged Carvalho has turned his back on black schools and broken promises made to the African-American community.

Miami-Dade high schools outperformed the rest of the state's graduation rate for black students.

They are wrong. Carvalho has done more to help African-American children than any of his predecessors did.

When the Florida Department of Education wanted to stop me from volunteering as a high school football coach two years ago, Carvalho stuck up for me. Even when state education officials tried using my history as hip-hop's original bad boy, the superintendent defended my abilities to mentor African-American teenage boys. Without Carvalho's support, I couldn't have helped dozens of young men maintain a 2.5 grade point average and get accepted to colleges around the country.

And when the same education department wanted to close Miami Edison and Miami Central senior high schools, Carvalho fought hard to make sure those inner-city institutions remained open.

He appointed a black woman, Valenta Brown, to the most important position in his cabinet. She is the school district's chief operating officer. That is the highest rank of any African-American working for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. When Carvalho took over in 2008, Rudy Crew left him with failing schools across the county. Last year, not a single school in the district received an F. Three historic inner-city high schools — Edison, Jackson, and Northwestern — received a B, a B, and an A, respectively. And the 69 percent graduation rate for blacks in Miami-Dade high schools outperformed the rest of the state's 64 percent graduation rate for black students. The numbers don't lie.

The black alumni and parents dissing Carvalho claim he's done nothing to replace outdated buildings and technology at inner-city schools. Yet Carvalho spearheaded a $20 million renovation of Miami Central, including a new main building. In November, the school district broke ground on a $35 million state-of-the-art building to replace Norland Senior High's 56-year-old structure.

The complaints that Carvalho betrayed the black community are bogus.

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quietboi09
quietboi09

I'll say this at times I did think Carvalho was only interested in helping the Hispanic communities/ schools, but let's be real if a black person was in that position he/she would do the same help out their own of course then others. Now when it comes to Luke besides being a high school football coach I don't know him to do anything else except rap which we all know he's played out with that and I'll admit football for black schools do bring a community together, however education is was most important. Last thing from reading some of the comments I must say race does play a factor in schools. Don't know if many people remember this, but Miami or Hialeah can't remember which school but one of them was on the news about 6 or so years back. Well all of the parents were upset because their kids weren't going to graduate due to FCAT which they were seniors and with all that protesting nothing happened meaning those kids had to pass or wouldn't graduate. Also Miami Edison was in that same category partly due to a large portion of Haitian Americans attending the school. Anyways to present day 2014, their isn't any F or D rated high schools in Miami Dade County. Might I add, the historically black schools such as; Miami Northwestern A school, Miami Jackson B school and Miami Edison B school. So to those who say Carvalho doesn't do much for the black communities/schools well I'd say he does and he doesn't 50/50.



veteransforthedraft
veteransforthedraft

Kids don't need football coaches or rock stars.  They need intense basic education so that they can get jobs.

Instead of Dickens have grammar and report writing exercises so that kids can get into business.

Teach history by reading Supreme Court Cases; it'll prepare kids for the law.  Plus, the unbelievably racist conclusions in Dred Scott and Plessy v. Ferguson is closer to the truth than some whitewash about the civil war being over State rights.  

Instead of after school sports have Junior ROTC; it'll not only teach respect for the flag (heaven forbid),  but it just might be the only discipline they get in their lives

mann1896
mann1896

Before defending Carvalho maybe you should visit these inner city schools during school hours, better yet maybe you should look up the data from FDOE and you will see that almost all of the inner city schools  are failing math, reading, and writing.  One inner city school test data reveals that only 36 percent of the 10th graders passed their reading exam, however, at the white schools 68 percent of the 10th graders passed theirs.  If you take the time to look at all the results you will note the disparity between the white, Hispanic schools and the black schools.  A vast majority of the inner city schools are at or below the national average and yet they're still awarded with A's and B's.  So Luke, it looks as if the people who wrote the letter have a valid complaint.  Carvalho is using these flawed results in the inner city to bolster his standing in the community.  It's all smoke and mirrors.   Maybe you should volunteer your time in helping these students with their reading, writing, math skills instead of coaching football.  So tell me Luke, is Carvalho helping the Black community?

julioagon
julioagon

And in "Today in History"....a black man sticks up for a white man.  I'll be damned. 

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

....................................................."when state education officials tried using my history as hip-hop's original bad boy, the superintendent defended my abilities to mentor......."

you mean when you were convicted, after you spent a million dollars in you defense, of being convicted of multiple-FELONies ?

you're "history" isn't guesswork or subjective IT WAS A 1983 and A 1987 FELONY CONVICTIONs !

and then you tried to LIE about it when applying for an educators certificate by omitting those details about your FELONY convictions - of course "the state education officials tried using my history" which unfortunately for YOU but necessary to protect the kids INLCUDES asking about CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS 

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.............................that's the problem with not tying support and assistance to results

a drug addict can have kids who qualify that parent for free government cheeze and an oBaMaphone and section 8 housing and SNAP and all manner of other taxpayer paid benefits - and each and every one will still demand MORE programs !

the sense of ENTITLEMENT is pervasive and give them a wedge such as racism and the hollering and screaming starts - but NO ONE is ever brave enough to rub their nose in the stink they create and then complain about

i see it ALL THE TIME on the public bus where these animals trash the seats and floors of the bus with their garbage - the same bus they will have to ride again the next day - and the roaches and smells accumulate and i guess they expect someone to clean-up their mess and if not THEY holler and complain at how DIRTY and UNsanitary the buses are = the same buses THEY themselves trash

it's the same mindless childlike mentality here complaining about what they don't have BUT NO ONE is going to tell them their own people either STOLE or TRASHed the items they are crying about not having

miami321973
miami321973

Alberto cares only for himself and his political agenda. He preaches how he or another Hispanic will be the next President.

joeb104
joeb104

Those people always crying a river, if it isn't one thing it's another.

veteransforthedraft
veteransforthedraft

@mann1896 It's not fair to compare inner city schools with those in richer neighborhoods as the former face more challenges. 

 Nor is it accurate to assume that the black community is solely responsible for the poor showing in inner city schools.  To make that racist comparison you would have to compare the scores of black students vs Hispanic or white students in the same school and economic class. 

 If the black students in a suburbia school and of middle class background are underperforming Hispanics then, you could extrapolate that middle class black families aren't as concerned about education as middle class Hispanic families. 

 Likewise, if you can show that Hispanic or white kids in inner city schools, from poor families (not bused in ) are doing better then their black counterparts then you could allege that Hispanic/white families, even at the low end of the economic scale, care more about education than black families.

Comparing races without taking into account social economic class is a red herring since it ignores other factors that could impact the conclusion.

veteransforthedraft
veteransforthedraft

@frankd4 Many people dirty public busses and places; Hispanics are notorious for doing so.  I've never seen a Hispanic or White throw trash on the floor and then bend over to pick it up. 

mann1896
mann1896

@veteransforthedraft @mann1896  I apologize if you feel my opinion is racist, that was not my intention.  I based my response on my experiences with this school system and as a African American.  I completely respect and agree with some aspects of your opinion, however, I am not going to back down from my feelings and experiences.  There is an educational and leadership crisis in the African American community that is not being addressed by this superintendent and school board.  I believe that was the reason the community leaders felt compelled to write this letter.  

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@veteransforthedraft @frankd4  


well i can tell you what i see daily on the weekdays and you can see for yourself at downtown ft lauderdale from CENTRAL TERMINAL of BCT public bus operations - it is easily 98% BLACK and 100% trashed as are the buses on a daily basis = period


i'm not saying other do it or don't do it - i'm sure from a WHITE perspective there is plenty of trailer-trash living up to their name


as for hispanic they generally do not take the buses in broward except for middle aged women who do clean hotels and have themselves impeccible hygene yet i'm sure HIALEAH was trashed SOLELY by hispanics yes indeed

 
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