Wendy Ruiz was born and raised in Miami. She's a full U.S. citizen, with a birth certificate, a voter registration and a driver's license. And until yesterday, the Miami-Dade College student had to pay nearly four times as much for tuition as any other in-state student. Why? Because her parents are ... More >>
A movement is growing in Tallahassee to reform the fraud and abuse-plagued McKay Scholarship program following a New Times exposé. Yesterday, state representative Rick Kriseman (D-St. Petersburg) took the boldest step yet, recommending specific and widespread changes that would address the progr ... More >>
Choice Preparatory School was banned from sports competition last year after an investigator for the state athletic athletic association found no evidence of classes taking place there. Its director has been involved in two schools found to have defrauded the Department of Education of fund ... 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 >>
According to Men's Health, the Miamians are dumber than the average person who actually reads Men's Health. The magazine took time out of doing crunches and crunched some numbers on the education levels of citizens in the 100 biggest cities in America. Miami came in dead last.
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 >>
If you ask us, a private school that's been busted defrauding the state of scholarship money for disabled kids probably doesn't deserve a second chance. It most likely wasn't the finest institution of learning anyway. The state clearly doesn't agree. Yesterday, we published a feature story ... More >>
And yes, my legal first name is Geoffrey.Like thousands of local students, I graduated from high school last week. But I cheated -- by having elementary and junior high school kids do my work for me. Two Thursdays ago, I called the phone number -- 305-716-0909 -- listed on a sign, reading simpl ... 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 >>
This week's New Times feature, "Talent Trap", tells the story of Choice Learning Academy-- later named Center of Life Academy-- a tiny school in a homeless shelter that defrauded the state of learning-disability education funds and illegally recruited basketball players from around the world to boar ... More >>
via FacebookIn a story in last week's issue, we painted Julio Robaina as the front runner in the 2012 Miami-Dade County mayoral race despite the fact he hadn't officially announced his intentions yet. Well, right on cure Robaina has announced that he will seek the office. The second term mayor of ... More >>
Ronald Reagan, our Nation's greatest alliteratively named President to serve in the second half of the 20th century, did not like to spend a lot of money on public education. As Governor of California he opposed increases to basic education programs pretty much every chance he got while reducing loc ... More >>
For weeks now, I've been toying with the idea of posting all of the achievements of George W. Bush on his last full day in office. Of course this was going to be satirical in nature. Noting things like how we haven't had a terrorist attack on our soil since 2001, despite the fact experts like Bob Gr ... More >>
I have a confession to make. I took this job only because I needed the money. The policies enacted by the Pelosi Congress and secret President Hillary Clinton (You thought it was Bill? Ha!) led to this horrible financial crisis (You know ... women and money). I played the part of a leftist zombie to ... More >>
Embattled Miami-Dade County Public Schools Rudy Crew is in hot water with the School Board again. Not over his shoddy handling of the budget. Not over the the failing results of his improvement plans. Not over his questionable hiring and firing tactics, but over snubbing a school board meeting. Tens ... More >>
A former artist turned ad man comes back, guns a-blazin'.
Que Pasa, USA? gets a spotlight
Something isn't right at Mays Middle School -- and it's not just because of that bomb threat
Miami-Dade County has a hands-off policy toward its schoolchildren, but that doesn't mean corporal punishment has gone away
You shelled out a lot of money to women who complained about principal Michael Exelbert. And you didn't even know it.
Maria Staub is determined to make Teen Live Wire a hit radio show -- even if it destroys her family
Haitian radio host Marcus Garcia's work in Miami is done. It's time for him to go home.
He has been enormously influential for 34 years, yet Pat Tornillo -- politically astute leader of Dade's teachers' union -- remains a mystery to most