Miami-Dade County school superintendent outlines goals for student success

'Vision 20/20' to focus on student achievement

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – In the weeks leading up to the first day of school, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho has discussed the district's new programs and initiatives. But in his Opening of Schools Address on Tuesday, he spoke about "Vision 20/20," which is about his focus on student achievement.

According to Carvalho, in order for all students to succeed, educators also have to address their social, emotional and physical well-being.

He said there will be a focus on attendance, which will lead into the restructuring of the disciplinary process by eliminating traditional outdoor suspension. He said children who aren't in school can't learn.

"We will keep these kids in school," Carvalho said. "We can't do it on our own. We call on parents, community and business leaders to meet us in the middle. We will teach them reading, writing and arithmetic. Our expectation is that the community teaches the three Rs of respect, of responsibility and of restraint. We need your help."

Carvalho also spoke about expanding initiatives like iPrep and Capstone courses, as well as Cambridge programs, into more schools in Miami-Dade County.

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