Catcher in the Rye, The Adventures of Huck Finn, The Carter IV. Guess which literary endeavor that includes some questionable language got a Florida teacher suspended after he taught it in class? Yeah, it was the Lil Wayne album. A Boynton Beach charter school placed a teacher on a three-day suspe ... More >>
While some are questioning the motives behind his latest business-slash-philanthropic venture, Pitbull's foray into the charter school industry should come as no surprise. El tipo is a father of six who loves education. He even taught listeners how to count in Spanish with the opening of one of hi ... More >>
A dispute over a locked gate prompted Miami attorney John Ruiz, operator of La Ley Sports Complex in Homestead, to call the police on Mayor Steven Bateman this past March 7. According to a recently released investigative report, Ruiz accused Bateman of cutting the lock to the northwest gate of the c ... More >>
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness 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 probes a new charter school started by a special interest group.The Latin Builders Association is one of the most powerful lobbyi ... More >>
Back in June, a Miami-Dade School Board audit skewered a Coconut Grove charter school's seemingly incestuous relationship with its founder and landlord, Manuel Alonso-Poch. Seven months later, school board auditor Jose Montes de Oca claims Academy of Arts and Minds has done next to nothing to addres ... More >>
You'd think that after Demetrio Perez Jr. pleaded guilty in 2002 to defrauding a trio of frail elderly tenants in his low-income Little Havana apartments, Miami-Dade politicians would steer clear of the felonious former school board member. But then they couldn't grease up to Perez and his deep pock ... More >>
Andre Martinez, a teacher at a charter school in Homestead, was arrested yesterday on allegations that he carried on long-term sexual relationships with two former underage students. Martinez taught cinematography at Keys Gate Charter School, and the abuse is believed to have started back in 2010.
The Downtown Miami Charter School is being sued by a mother of a 7-year-old boy who claims her son was repeatedly harassed and sexually assaulted by an older schoolmate. The mother claims that harassment and molestation got so bad the boy attempted to commit suicide, while the school did nothing to ... More >>
Paul Michael Mira, the former PE director at a Miami charter school, has admitted to having sex with both a 12-year-old and a 17-year-old student, but because of a plea deal struck with prosecutors, the man will not have to serve any time behind bars. Instead, the sexual predator who has basically a ... More >>
Paul Michael Mira, the athletic director of Archimedean Middle Conservatory and Archimedean Upper Conservatory, two associated Miami-Dade charter schools, is on the run after being accused of committing sexual battery on a 12-year-old girl. Police report that Mira has told relatives that he' ... More >>
Luther "Luke" Campbell, the man whose booty-shaking madness 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 addresses the absence of bigotry in children.When I drop my 2-year-old son off at day care, I am so amazed at how ... More >>
We wouldn't expect state government debate on health care to include a screening of Michael Moore's Sicko anymore than we would debate on teen pregnancy to include a viewing of MTV's Teen Mom, so why are both houses of the Florida legislature sponsoring a viewing of the biased and inaccurate educ ... More >>
Gun on a plate? THAT'S NOT FUNNY!!!My post last week about Luna PIzza's opening party and the entertainment provided by students from The Miami Charter School generated quite a strong reaction. I think crazy strong. Here is, in its entirety (I've added CAPS to a few words I think might have been ... More >>
Free Pizza With BaselLuna Corner Pizza (6815 Biscayne Blvd.) is throwing a grand opening bash this coming Saturday, December 5th, from noon to 6:00 p.m., right smack dab in the middle of the Taste of MiMo festival, right smack dab in the middle of Art Basel. Free tastings of gourmet Italian pizza ... More >>
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The case for breaking up the grossly dysfunctional Miami-Dade County school district
A black charter school was supposed to lead African-American youth into a bright future. It hasn't happened.
Are charter-school conversions the vanguard for public education or a scam for resegregating the learning experience and making a lot of money?
The disastrous demise of Techworld raises questions about how we should navigate the uncharted waters of private-public education
From the issue of September 21, 2000
Although the Liberty City Charter School helped make Jeb Bush governor, four years on it's barely passing