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 >>
Luther 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 president's biggest fail. I hope President Barack Obama is tuning into the George Zimmerman murder trial. It ... 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 >>
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 >>
You'd think the Florida Department of Education has more important things to worry about like the FCAT debacle. Instead, state education officials are working hard, wasting taxpayer money, to make sure Luther Campbell -- former 2 Live Crew front man and current New Times columnist -- doesn't get to ... 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.
The debate over whether Florida should allow destination casinos is certainly one of the biggest in the state. Yet Gov. Rick Scott has remained mostly silent on the issue. That's not to say he doesn't have some form of gambling of the mind. To fund a $1 billion increase in the education budget, h ... 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 >>
A group of Miami-Dade Schools public teachers at a recent FCAT workshop were given a sample test that will not restore your faith that the finest minds are running our school district. The teachers were asked to arrange synonyms for varying extremes of "fatness" from "most formal" to "most infor ... More >>
A Miami-Dade Public Schools principal credited with turning around a storied inner city high school's academic performance is under investigation for illegally changing student grades. The allegation against Charles Hankerson is the latest black eye for Miami Northwestern High School, which earli ... More >>
Some children are apparently still left behind. Nearly 10 years ago President George W. Bush signed into law the "No Child Left Behind" act. Among other goals, Bush believed his education reforms would help close the achievement gap between white and minority students. Well, the Department of Edu ... More >>
Education Commissioner Eric J. Smith says no to Miami Northwestern.An assistant principal's mistake led Miami Northwestern High to get graded a D instead of a C last year. But the state's education commissioner won't grant Miami-Dade Public Schools' request to give Northwestern the higher grade. As ... More >>
Used to be when the president came to Florida, it was customary for our governor to man-hug him, but with Charlie Crist out of office, that tradition is long gone. During his quick day trip in Miami today, President Obama met both Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Jeb Bush and had cordial interacti ... More >>
Politics and publicity opportunities make strange bedfellows. President Barack Obama and former Gov. Jeb Bush will appear together this Friday at Miami Central High School. Obama will be in town for a Democratic fundraiser but will swing by the school with Bush to address ways to turn around low- ... 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 >>
If you're liberal you probably don't like the idea of public schools using "abstinence-only" education. If you're conservative you probably don't like the federal government wasting tax dollars on stupid things. Finally the University of Central Florida has brought us a project that everyone can ... More >>
Ol' Mittens Romney will endorse Marco Rubio. The once, and probably future, presidential candidate was sitting on the sidelines of the Senate primary between Rubio and Gov. Charlie Crist, but has decided to side with Rubio after Crist vetoed an unpopular, but conservative-backed education bill.&n ... 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 >>
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