This Week in South Florida Full Episode: September 10, 2023
On the latest episode of This Week in South Florida, host Glenna Milberg welcomes Miami-Dade School Board Member Roberto Alonso, journalist Marc Caputo, Miami-Dade County Independent Civilian Panel Chair Loreal Arscott, WLRN journalist Tom Hudson, Miami-Dade Republican Party vice chair Kevin Cooper and attorney Alex Tachmes.
This Week in South Florida Full Episode: October 30, 2022
On the latest episode of This Week in South Florida, hosts Glenna Milberg and Michael Putney welcome Miami-Dade Commissioner Rene Garcia, Broward School Board candidates Donna Korn and Allen Zeman and Florida District 106 seat candidates Jordan Leonard and Fabian Basabe.
This Week in South Florida Podcast: July 24, 2022
On the latest episode of the This Week in South Florida podcast, hosts Glenna Milberg and Michael Putney welcome Miami-Dade School Board members Marta Perez and Dr. Steve Gallon, Miami Commissioner Ken Russell, professor and political analyst Sean Forman and attorney and legal analyst Gail Levine.
This Week in South Florida Full Episode: July 24, 2022
On the latest episode of This Week in South Florida, hosts Glenna Milberg and Michael Putney welcome Miami-Dade School Board members Marta Perez and Dr. Steve Gallon, Miami Commissioner Ken Russell, professor and political analyst Sean Forman and attorney and legal analyst Gail Levine.
This Week in South Florida: Marta Perez
In a five to four vote last week, Miami-Dade School Board members pulled a textbook about sex health education based on a petition by a relatively small number of objections and against the will of the majority of parents and the district’s own objective advisor.
This Week in South Florida Full Episode: January 2, 2022
On the latest episode of This Week in South Florida, host Michael Putney is joined by Dr. Geeta Nayyar, Miami-Dade School Board Vice Chair Dr. Steve Gallon, Miami Herald editorial page editor Nancy Ancrum and Sun Sentinel editorial page editor Steve Bousquet.
This Week in South Florida Full Episode: October 10, 2021
On the latest episode of This Week in South Florida, hosts Michael Putney and Glenna Milberg are joined by state Rep. Michael Grieco, former Miami Beach Mayor Phillip Levine, Miami-Dade School Board member Lucia Baez-Geller and Broward School Board member Sarah Leonardi.
Miami-Dade school board member favors Carvalho’s support of face mask mandate
The School Board of Miami-Dade County is likely to side with Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho’s recommendation to implement a universal face mask mandate with a medical opt-out, a school board member said on Wednesday.
Broward schools stand by face mask mandate without DeSantis’ opt-out option for parents
Broward County Public Schools will begin the new 2021-22 school year on Aug. 18 with a face mask mandate for school buses and school buildings that won’t include Gov. Ron DeSantis’ opt-out option for parents. The only exceptions are for students with medical conditions or individual education plans.
Education commissioner threatens to withhold Broward School Board salaries for imposing mask mandate
Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran sent a letter Tuesday to Broward Public Schools Interim Superintendent Vickie Cartwright and School Board Chair Rosalind Osgood to inform them that the State Board of Education has initiated an investigation into the school district for failing to comply with the state’s ban on mask mandates at public schools.
This Week in South Florida Full Episode: August 1, 2021
On the latest episode of This Week in South Florida, hosts Michael Putney and Glenna Milberg are joined by Broward County Mayor Steve Geller, Dr. David Andrews from the University of Miami, Broward School Board Chair Dr. Rosalind Osgood and Chair of the Florida Democratic Party Manny Diaz.
Broward schools superintendent Robert Runcie may walk away with $740,000+
Negotiations resumed Monday between Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie’s attorney and Broward School Board Chair Dr. Rosalind Osgood regarding the superintendent’s separation agreement, and Runcie could soon be walking away with a whopping $740,000.
This Week in South Florida Podcast: April 25, 2021
On the latest episode of the This Week in South Florida podcast, host Glenna Milberg is joined by Director of Florida Division of Emergency Management Jared Moskowitz, Broward School Board member Debra Hixon, Rep. Carlos Gimenez, and attorneys Shannon Ligon and Aaron Carter Bates.
This Week in South Florida Full Episode: April 25, 2021
On the latest episode of This Week in South Florida, host Glenna Milberg is joined by Director of Florida Division of Emergency Management Jared Moskowitz, Broward School Board member Debra Hixon, Rep. Carlos Gimenez, and attorneys Shannon Ligon and Aaron Carter Bates.
Broward schools superintendent Robert Runcie arrested on perjury charge; School Board attorney also arrested
Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie was arrested Wednesday morning on a charge of perjury in an official proceeding. School Board attorney Barbara Myrick was also arrested.
School board fires Florida teacher for medical marijuana use
MELBOURNE, Fla. – A Florida teacher has been fired for using medical marijuana. Florida Today reports that the Brevard County School Board voted 3-2 on Tuesday to terminate Allison Enright from her position at Space Coast Junior/Senior High School. Medical marijuana is legal in Florida, but federal regulations continue to categorize cannabis as a Schedule I Controlled Substance, like heroin, LSD and ecstasy. School Board General Counsel Paul Gibbs says the school district must be a drug-free workplace to receive certain federal grants. Enright disclosed her medical marijuana use when she took a drug test after an injury at work.
Broward County Public Schools district faces budgetary uncertainty
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The School Board of Broward County met on Tuesday to discuss Broward County Public Schools’ next year’s budget which is based on a blend of federal, state and local funding. The state ties the disbursement of some funds for public education to the number of students enrolled in each district. “We need the kids back in school, not just for the money — because they belong in school,” Runcie said. The Florida Education Association opposes it because public schools are underfunded in Florida. The traditional public schools have to share federal funding with charter schools.
Broward judge rules school district wasn’t obligated to issue warning over Parkland school shooter
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A judge ruled Monday that the Broward School District had no duty to warn parents or faculty about school shooter Nikolas Cruz. According to the order, signed by Judge Patti Englander Henning, the district can’t be liable for failing to predict what Cruz could have done in the future. According to the ruling, the School Board acknowledged that it had a duty to provide adequate security and reasonable protection to students and faculty. There are certainly issues remaining for which the School Board may be held liable.”Ad“We’re horrified,” said Royer Borges, one of the plaintiffs in the case. “We’ve never alleged that somehow the school district has to have a little crystal ball,” Brill said, “We’re talking about a duty to warn for the potential for harm.”Copyright 2021 by WPLG Local10.com - All rights reserved.
Miami-Dade school leaders see issues with COVID-19, and with online learning
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Medical officials joined members of the Miami-Dade School Board on Monday to present data on COVID-19 positivity rates, hospitalization, mortality, morbidity and ICU bed usage. Carvalho also addressed some other issues the district is seeing with online learning. “As a result of online learning, there are many students who have simply disappeared from our rolls across the county. School board members also talked about vaccines and asked doctors whether school staff members should be prioritized in receiving vaccines once they are available — something that hasn’t yet been determined. Broward County’s school board is scheduled to meet Tuesday.
After fainting in public, Miami-Dade School Board member says he is ready to go back to work
Miami-Dade County School Board member Steve Gallon III fainted on Tuesday after delivering a speech during a swearing-in ceremony. Hours later, he said he was ready to get back to work. “We need him now more than ever because a lot of important decisions are being made at our school board that impact our entire community." Gallon, who was born and raised in Miami’s Liberty City, is the elected District 1 school board member for the Miami-Dade County Schools and the vice-chair. By the time he made it to Jackson Memorial Hospital, Gallon was conscious again.
Public schools in Miami-Dade County preparing to reopen for in-person learning
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Students who attend Miami-Dade Public Schools are set to officially return to in-person learning in the coming days. The decision comes after Florida’s Education Secretary told the school board it had to reopen or risk loss of vital funding. Superintendent Alberto Carvalho took a tour of several schools and facilities over the weekend as they prepare to reopen their doors to students, teachers and other faculty members. School board member Martha Perez is confident that schools across the county are ready. It was less than a week ago when the Miami-Dade School Board had to quickly pivot, voting to reopen physical classrooms on Oct. 5th instead of the plan they originally voted on and approved for Oct. 14.
Teachers protest Corcoran’s rush to reopen schools in Miami-Dade, Broward
MIAMI – Thomas Fiori was among a small group of teachers who met in front of the Miami-Dade School Board building in Miami to protest a push to reopen schools during the coronavirus pandemic. Corcoran sent a letter to school boards and superintendents in Miami-Dade and Broward counties saying that they must reopen physical classrooms by Oct. 5th. She said that when she read the letter she felt like the local school boards are being bullied into reopening earlier without time to prepare. She decided to start the “Commissioner Corcoran Respect the wishes of Miami-Dade Parents and Teachers” Change.org petition. In the three-page letter, Corcoran is asking the districts to evaluate individual schools' needs and submit amended plans regarding delays for their reopening by Friday.
State says open Miami-Dade schools by Oct. 5 or give school-by-school reasons as to why not
Richard Corcoran’s three-page letter, addressed to Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho and School Board Chair Perla Tabares Hantman, said that in-person learning must be made available by Oct. 5. I hope our board holds their ground to ensure proper safety.”A special school board meeting has been called for Tuesday, according to MDCPS Chief Communications Officer Daisy Gonzalez-Diego. “Your plan does not offer that option for all students until 40 days from the time (Miami-Dade) county entered Phase 2, more than twice as long as Palm Beach County Schools,” Corcoran stated. “The District was prepared to launch Stage II of our reopening plan, under the adjusted timeline proffered and unanimously approved by the School Board last week. Also, Superintendent memo to school board calling special meeting.)
Miami-Dade School Board votes to delay in-person instruction to at least Oct. 14
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – The Miami-Dade School Board voted unanimously Tuesday to delay the start of in-person instruction to at least Oct. 14. On Tuesday, School Board Member Dr. Steve Gallon made a motion to delay the start of a staggered return until Oct. 5. School Board members then decided to push that date even further back. It was emotional,” School Board Member Lubby Navarro said. One school board member also showed concern over not having enough staff to do all of this.
Miami-Dade School Board votes to sever ties with current online learning platform
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. The Miami-Dade County School Board voted unanimously early Thursday morning to stop using its current online learning platform, My School Online, following two weeks of issues during the start of the 2020-2021 school year, Dr. Steve Gallon confirmed to Local 10 News. Gallon is the vice chair and elected District 1 School Board member for Miami-Dade County Schools. School officials said there is no financial consequence to the change because the contract with My School Online was never fully executed. At the first full board meeting since Miami-Dades virtual learning meltdown and subsequent finger pointing, there are lots of decisions to be made. We are very pleased that the school board made the decision to end the use of the K12 platform for our teachers and students, the statement read.
This Week in South Florida: Dr. Steve Gallon
There has been unprecedented scrutiny into the aborted start to the Miami-Dade County school year. The shifting blame, the multi-million-dollar contract with a failed product and hundreds of thousands of families left in an education void. Miami-Dade School Board Vice Chair Dr. Steve Gallon challenged the official narrative this week during a board meeting. Thats where nine board members who set policy for the district discovered some startling facts for the first time. Gallon joined This Week in South Florida hosts Michael Putney and Glenna Milberg to discuss.
U.S. Secret Service joining investigation of Miami-Dade schools’ cyber attack
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Miami Dade School Board met Wednesday to discuss the cyber attacks and other slowdowns that have been plaguing the district since it began its online learning platform Monday. The Federal Bureau of Investigation told Local 10 they are assisting Miami-Dade Schools Police. “It’s something we have never dealt with, not only internally, but our local law enforcement partners haven’t either,” Commander Edwin Lopez, Miami-Dade School Police, said. School board member and Vice Chair Steve Gallon said the online experience was an utter failure. There were also questions about the K-12 online platform itself and the $15.3 million contract.
Miami-Dade schools taking threat of child predators online seriously
It comes as federal agents are warning parents that more kids on-line increases the risk of savvy cyber-child predators having access to children. With children as young as 5-years-old now online to get a virtual education, the district should provide a warning to students, Karp said. These topics are organized into 4 main categories:Connecting Virtually: information related to devices and connectivity, student email accounts, My School Online, Digital Citizenship and Cyber Safety. Each module will indicate whether it is to be viewed by students, parents, or both together. Modules will be made available in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole via the Week of Welcome website at www.miamiweekofwelcome.com.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s new building to open in August
PARKLAND, Fla. – Broward County officials said on Thursday that Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s new 45,000-square-foot building will be completed in August, so students will be able to abandon the temporary portable classrooms they are using now. School Board member Lori Alhadeff, a former teacher, lost her 14-year-old daughter Alyssa in the 2018 Valentine’s Day shooting in the school’s 1200 building. Lori Alhadeff attended a news conference on Thursday at the construction site of a new building at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The Broward superintendent talked about the new building on Thursday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. (Local 10 News)Broward Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said the new $18 million building will have 30 classrooms, three spaces for teachers and offices.
Students, staff return to Davie school after charter revoked
DAVIE, Fla. - A day after having its charter revoked, Championship Academy of Distinction at Davie was still open for students and staff, but it's now under the control of the Broward County School District. The change comes after an 8-to-1 vote Tuesday by the School Board, which took back the school's charter contract after School Board members said the school failed to provide adequate armed security for the first day of classes as required by state law. But parents and staff on Wednesday said they're confused because the school did have security staff every day so far this school year. "This school knowingly put its student and staff at risk not once but twice," BCPS Superintendent Robert Runcie said during Tuesday's School Board meeting. We have to be the jury here and make that decision," School Board member Ann Murray said.
Broward School Board to vote on shutting charter school for lack of proper security
The School Board will vote Tuesday on whether the charter school should be shut down for failing to have an armed SRO on campus for the first day of school last week. For the first day of school, there were officers on most campuses, but more than two dozen charter schools do not have long-term plans for security coverage. While Championship Academy of Distinction at Davie did have a security guard on campus Wednesday, that person has not yet been certified by the Broward Sheriff's Office. There's always been a security guard," one woman said during Tuesday's School Board meeting. One father who spoke before the School Board asked them to consider what will happen with the 588 students who attend the school if its shut down"Please consider that.