Politics helped propel college dropout Carlos Manrique to the top of the educational ladder.
Q: Why would an intelligent man voluntarily leap into a toxic snakepit? A: Because his name is Merrett Stierheim and he just can't help himself.
The school board hired cop's cop Pete Cuccaro to straighten out the nutty mess that the school police had become -- and let him do his job!
From the issue of July 26, 2001
In which a top-ranking officer confirms some of your worst fears
Voters will choose between Jacqueline Pepper and Frank Cobo, but the real candidates are the superintendent and the school board
The Super's Greatest hits
Who is the superintendent of schools, and why will he keep his job?
As Marta Perez has discovered, the school board can be a very lonely place when you're trying to be a reformer
School board warmly embraces ethics commission
Firpo Garcia has one big advantage in his school board campaign. His name is Sol Stinson.
Miami-Dade's public schools have a nasty habit of charging reporters to view public records -- which probably is illegal
Sidebar to "Cop Out"
Outgoing school police chief Vivian Monroe has misused and abused her power for years. So why will she remain on the force?
School administrators put the kibosh on Pokémon while allowing staffers to earn bogus degrees, pack heat, and harass employees
The high and mighty rushed to the aid of dubiously degreed schools superintendent Roger Cuevas
In Miami there's one sure way to build a championship high school sports team: Throw out the rule book and cheat like hell
Hey all you Miami-Dade teachers, are you tired of your ethnicity? Change it! Any switch is possible -- it could even help you get a better job.
Norland High students and staff say their principal has misplaced students, misused authority, and misunderstood his job
Folks don't know much about school board chairman Solomon Stinson, but they do know this: Don't cross him
When the Divorce Monster showed up in her son's kindergarten classroom, Monica Arana was not pleased
As the state slams Miami High for poor sportsmanship, principal Victor Lopez dodges blame
What happens when four women accuse a high school principal of sexual harassment? So far, not much.
Miami High's successful sports teams get their comeuppance
What did your kids learn in school today? To drink Coke.
The agency charged with overseeing Florida's high school sports refuses to investigate Miami High's tainted basketball program
Meet Dr. Henry Fraind, the Dade public school system's second-in-command -- and one heck of a looker
When Mateline Bruneau complained about her son's treatment at school, she wound up handcuffed and jailed
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.
Bigger offices for Dade school board members? Just don't bother taxpayers with the details.
Robert Joffee just wanted to empower the parents of Miami Springs schoolkids. What he got was a trip to jail.
Students who can't overcome the alienation of inner-city public schools are finding their thrill on Beacon Hill
Dade County Public Schools say they caught an elementary school staffer with her hand in the cookie jar