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 gives Miami-Dade's top educator a passing grade. A group of parents and alumni representing predominantly African-American inne ... More >>
UPDATE: An earlier version of this post incorrectly reported that Luther Campbell had been denied his certification to coach high school football; in a telephone conversation with Uncle Luke, we misunderstood the result of the state's appeal. He will in fact be allowed to coach. Hooray! We do apolog ... 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 >>
Jose Rosario-Gonzalez, a middle school history teacher in Volusia County, has resigned after a YouTube video entitled "gay sex threesome" accidentally popped up during class. Of course, YouTube doesn't allow hardcore pornography on its site, and the video actually never played in front of the studen ... More >>
For decades, former 2 Live Crew frontman and current Miami New Times columnist Luther Campbell has been imparting his life wisdom on scores of young African American boys playing little league football in Liberty City. For the past three years, he's been a volunteer coach at Miami Central and Miami ... More >>
Shawn Loftis was a popular sub at Miami Beach High and a handful of other Miami-Dade schools until he was abruptly canned in January 2011. His crime? A past life as a gay porn performer under the screen name Collin O'Neal, including his own erotic series -- "World of Men" -- featuring Loftis cavo ... More >>
The number of students receiving a diploma four years after starting high school in Florida has hit an all time high, with a graduation rate of 80.1 percent in 2010-11. That's up from only 70.3 percent of students who graduated in 2007. Hispanic students and Miami-Dade students in particular have ... More >>
via gopanthersrentals.comFIU boasts that its student body "reflects the vibrant diversity of South Florida." But students like Wendy Ruiz need not apply.Ruiz, an honor student at Miami Dade College, tried to fill out the online application last year but got stuck on a question about her parents, ... More >>
What a difference three months makes. In July, after New Times published a feature exposing a disastrous lack of oversight in a $150-million-a-year taxpayer-funded voucher program for disabled kids, Florida Department of Education honcho Michael Kooi said this newspaper "should be ashamed" of ... More >>
The diploma we purchased for $399.After a New Times story exposed a local diploma mill that was peddling high school degrees for $399, Broward College has banned "graduates" from the InterAmerican Christian Academy. But Miami Dade College, the most prominent public academy in the state, won't do t ... More >>
Last week, New Times published "Rotten to the Core", a cover story exposing the Florida Department of Education's failure to properly oversee schools receiving money from the McKay Scholarship, a state voucher program paying private school tuition for disabled students. The consequences, as ... More >>
Barry, have you heard of the InterAmerican Christian Academy?There's something wrong with, well, everything, when the most prominent public college in the state decrees that it will still accept degrees from a high school that was just debunked as a diploma mill. Over eight days ending last ... More >>
Vindicated: Rise principal Gemma Torcivia may soon have her school running once moreThree months after Rise Academy was shut down without warning, the Florida City charter school has won its appeal against the Miami-Dade School District. But that doesn't mean classes are about to start again.As N ... More >>
Standardized tests: Fair assessments or four hours of soul-killing stress?When Gov. Charlie Crist vetoed "Teacher Tenure" Senate Bill 6 in April, teachers prayed the legislation was gone for good. Not so fast.SB 6 is back ahead of schedule, becoming a central talking point for Bill McCollum ... More >>
One of the daunting challenges facing President-elect Barack Obama is fixing the public school system where George W. Bush's No Child Left Behind Act has failed miserably, especially in Miami-Dade where some historically Black schools are in danger of being shut down. Our new Commander-In-Chief woul ... More >>
The Florida Board of Education passed a new set of teaching standards that requires evolution to be taught in the classroom, but labeled as a scientific theory. This is raising an uproar, widening the divide between creationists and scientist. And caught in the middle are the children who, I’m su ... More >>
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Superintendent Roger Cuevas and a few dozen of his top administrators received graduate degrees from diploma mills. No wonder Dade's schools are in such great shape.