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Miami-Dade Board Approves Plan to Overhaul Failing Schools
Three persistently failing schools in the Miami-Dade County, Fla., district will be restructured, under a plan the school board approved this month. The Florida state board of education requires districts to take action to improve schools that have earned two F grades over the past three years under the state accountability system.
Miami Edison and Miami Central senior high schools will serve grades 10-12 this coming school year while a plan is developed to start career academies at the schools. Incoming 9th graders will remain at their middle schools. Both schools also will be renovated. The third school, Holmes Elementary, will close for two years while a new building is constructed.
All three schools adopted a uniform curriculum in January when they joined the district’s “improvement zone” for low-scoring, high-poverty schools.
The board of the 355,000-student district approved the plan 8-1 on July 13. The state board will review districts’ proposals for Florida’s “double-F” schools Aug. 16.
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