Way too much attention these days is heaped upon paying teachers. Look deeply into the Miami-Dade County Public Schools budget and you'll see that a potentially more disastrous problem lies in the condition of the buildings where our kids study.
Later today, on our website and in this week's print edition, I'll publish a column on North Dade Middle School and the Center for Modern Languages. Schools superintendent Alberto Carvalho abruptly shuttered most of the campus just north of Opa-locka where they were located earlier this month.
The reason: Huge concrete walkways could have collapsed.
But documents the school board handed over in response to a public
records request show corrections should have been made years ago --
a report done in 2006 pointed them out.
Carvalho, who was appointed in 2008, blames the administration of his
predecessor, Rudy Crew. Director of facilities Jaime Torrens points
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out that more than $2 billion in work is needed across the county --
and that increasingly tax money has been directed toward operating
expenses rather than repair and new construction.