Superintendents: Grades show some students really need to go back to classrooms

MIAMI – More public school students are failing than usual in Miami-Dade and Broward counties and superintendents believe it’s related to online education during the coronavirus pandemic.

Superintendents Robert Runcie and Alberto Carvalho have both said online education is not for everyone and there are students who need to be in the same room with their teachers to succeed.

“We know who’s losing ground, and there are some children who need to return to the schoolhouse,” Carvalho said during a school board meeting.


Teachers know there are students who lack the supervision and support at home that is needed to succeed in a virtual learning environment.

“We see students who were previously high performing students, some of them are struggling under this method,” Runcie said.

Both districts are asking the parents of students with failing grades to reconsider sending them to school.


About the Authors:

In January 2017, Hatzel Vela became the first local television journalist in the country to move to Cuba and cover the island from the inside. During his time living and working in Cuba, he covered some of the most significant stories in a post-Fidel Castro Cuba. 

The Emmy Award-winning journalist joined the Local 10 News team in 2013. She wrote for the Miami Herald for more than 9 years and won a Green Eyeshade Award.