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Miami-Dade Community Groups Say School District Contracts Aren’t Fair

The Urban League of Miami and the local NAACP want the Miami-Dade school district to stop work on a $1.2 billion bond project to renovate schools and upgrade their technology. The groups believe black-owned businesses aren’t getting a fair chance at school construction projects. It was a district review of contracts — a legal requirement […]

Legal Challenge Over Florida DOE Contract

A legal challenge is being waged over a contract with the Florida Department of Education. A rejected vendor is protesting DOE’s selection of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) to develop test items and more under the “Florida Interim Assessment Item Bank and Test Platform.” The funding is provided by a Race to the Top grant from […]

How Academica Became The Biggest Name In Florida Charter Schools

South Florida charter school management firm Academica has built a successful network of high-performing charter schools. The company has also built a profitable real estate portfolio. That’s the findings from part two of the Miami Herald‘s three-part investigation of Florida charter schools.

Loopholes In Florida Law Mean Little Oversight of Charter Business Deals

This story is a collaborative investigation between The Miami Herald and StateImpact Florida. Read the Herald’s story. People who want to start up their own charter school must go through a rigorous application process. But after that initial hurdle, the school founders get a lot of freedom over how to run their publicly-funded schools and who to hire. […]

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