A South Miami teacher is out of a job after she tried to make sure her students had a little too much fun after prom. Isabel Diaz-Almaraz, a teacher at South Miami High, allegedly rented a $1,000-a-night suite for students to party after prom and provided them with booze and condoms.
As the 2012 presidential election in Miami-Dade County spirals into calamity, alcalde fuerte Carlos Gimenez is doing nothing to stop another embarrassing, national indictment of our Banana Republic's voting system. Despite long lines of voters who waited two-to-six hours to cast their ballots during ... More >>
Uncle Luke, the man who made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke retraces the history of broken promises made to Miami's African American community.On November 6, we'll vote on a $1.2 billion bond issue to fix up 280 s ... More >>
The gay mafia is after Jack Hakimian. The head of North Miami's Impact Miami church has made a name for himself by fighting a proposed strip club in the neighborhood -- a fight that found him allied with PBS affiliate WPBT. That alliance got WPBT in trouble with North Miami Councilman Scott Galvin, ... More >>
Since it opened in 1987, downtown Miami's elite New World School of the Arts has churned out generations of top local artists, from visual geniuses like Hernan Bas to Emmy-winning choreographers like Mia Michaels to playwrights like Tarell Alvin McCraney.For up-and-coming musical theater stars, the ... More >>
Jack Hakimian, a controversial North Miami pastor who preaches that homosexuality is akin to witchcraft and drug abuse, faced a group of LGBT activists last night at Temple Beth Moshe after his statement'scaused a string of public controversies this summer. During the town hall Aleen Sirgany, a form ... More >>
Most local officials would jump at the chance to take their talents to Washington. Who wouldn't want national influence? Apparently not Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho. He claims he turned down a job offer from Obama's secretary of education Arne Duncan.
Schools superintendent Alberto Carvalho calls the fine "capricious."Socked with a $53,000 fine for fielding a boy's basketball team that repeatedly trampled the rules last season, Dr. Michael M. Krop's new principal is battling the penalty. In an appeal filed in September with the Florida H ... More >>
In June, New Times published a feature exposing rampant fraud and a near-complete absence of oversight in the $150-million-a-year taxpayer-funded McKay scholarship program for disabled children to attend private schools. One of our readers, it turns out, was Miami-Dade schools superintendent Alb ... More >>
via Miami Dade CorrectionsLisa BradleyPoor Miami Edison Senior High. Just a couple weeks ago, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho had to roll into Tally guns blazing just to keep the Little Haiti institution open; despite big gains from an F to a C ranking, the state could have forced Edison to close ... More >>
Meet John L. Winn, destroyer of African-American public schools. Interim Florida Education Commissioner John L. Wynn's controversial plan to screw over the students at Miami Edison Senior High and Miami Central Senior High has to be stopped. The state's top education man is proposing that the sch ... More >>
photo by Schuminweb via Wikimedia CommonsHealth care fraud is the hot ticket among Miami's white collar criminals these days, and prosecutors today say they've busted a ring that was recruiting school bus drivers to bilk the Miami-Dade Public School's insurance fund to the tune of at least $1 mil ... More >>
Just days after hammering out an agreement that would avoid teacher layoffs in Miami-Dade, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho has announced the implementation of the first performance-based pay plan for teachers in the state. Carvalho claims that some teachers could earn more than $100,000 a year, a ... More >>
Happen to read yesterday's fluff piece in the Miami Herald on Marcos "Shakey" Rodriguez's departure from the boy's basketball coaching position at Krop High? Here's the lede: Shakey Rodriguez, the hyper intense, hyper successful and hyper controversial coach who made basketball matter in Miami, ... More >>
Florida High School Athletic Association executive director Roger Dearing has taken a lot of heat for the disqualification of the Krop High basketball team and ongoing investigation into the school's entire athletic department. He sent us an op-ed letter, which we've posted below, in which he att ... More >>
Alex IzaguirreWay too much attention these days is heaped upon paying teachers. Look deeply into the Miami-Dade County Public Schools budget and you'll see that a potentially more disastrous problem lies in the condition of the buildings where our kids study.Later today, on our website and in thi ... More >>
Inspector General investigators discovered former high school principal Donald Hoecheryl falsified documents to hide the fact he had spent more than $200,000 in taxpayer money for unauthorized teacher retreats to Hawk's Cay Resort in the Keys and three other hotels.A two-year investigation by the ... More >>
Ronda Vangates was once caught up in one of the worst scandals of Rudy Crew's tenure as Ronda Vangates is Ready to Take Over For Solomon StinsonMiami-Dade County Public Schools superintendent. Today, the 38-year-old school district bureaucrat is the anointed successor to board member Solomon Stin ... More >>
Alex IzaguirreUPDATE: Ceresta Smith has gotten a temporary reprieve. Miami-Dade Public Schools administrators will not be asking the school board to suspend her today. Spokesman John Schuster says the school district is reviewing the matter.Miami-Dade County Public Schools is railroading another ... More >>
LocalMiami commissioners will vote on whether to build a new children's courthouse today. [Herald]And F.D.O.T. is expected to finally make a decision on the Port of Miami tunnel this week. Gee, so many things are coming to a head this week. Once you commit $2.1 billion to help a private enterprise l ... More >>
Former Herald education reporter Tania deLuzuriaga's fall from grace -- involving an alleged affair with then-assistant superintendent Alberto Carvalho and some dirty sexting -- may have only accelerated her to a fate that may await many of her former newspaper colleagues. She's landed a job in publ ... More >>
The former partners at a major Miami architecture firm are accusing one founder of fraud. [Herald]Wingnuts everywhere rejoice. Miami's ACLU affiliate was forced to cut 20 percent of its staff. [Herald]Authorities rounded up 117 illegal immigrants. Only 30 had previous criminal records. [NBC6]How col ... More >>
Today, the last day of 2008, Banana Republican highlights his ten favorite news stories of the year, the tales that truly capture life in a sun-drenched, third-world dimension. 10. Marc Sarnoff's Memo to Himself. The Coconut Grove loving city commissioner has a super secret meeting with Joe Arrio ... More >>
Murder trials, drug busts, hurricane warnings and robberies may continue to grab the "If It Bleeds, It Leads"-headlines but 2008 was a year of events that will continue to affect us well past the changing of the calendar year. Riptide counts down the biggest new stories of 2008. 10. Murder Free ... More >>
Money is tight everywhere, and really, unless you win the lottery or sue someone, your economic future is looking a bit grim. The schools are no exception. They already benefit from Lotto, so the next logical step to scare up some cash is to sue the pants off of someone, and according to Local10, th ... More >>
"The whole situation makes me sick. I have no doubt Pinzur will be Burgess's loyal lap dog"
The newspaper's county hall reporter takes a six-figure job with the very people he was supposed to cover.
Who is the superintendent of schools, and why will he keep his job?
Something isn't right at Mays Middle School -- and it's not just because of that bomb threat
What happens when a high-ranking school official gets caught in a hooker sting? Nothing to shout about.
Wanna know how county commissioners earn their keep? Don't bother checking financial disclosure forms.
Firpo Garcia has one big advantage in his school board campaign. His name is Sol Stinson.