MDCPS Superintendent Carvalho Promises to Stand with Undocumented Students

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By Alexandra Reboredo

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho promised safety to all students in the district, reassuring students who felt scared of immigration enforcement.

“On behalf of every single kid in this community, over my dead body will any federal entity enter our schools to take immigration actions against our kids,” he said to CBS Local News.

During his visit on March 17 to Miami Lakes Educational Center, he said: “Number one, I have your back. I, too, am an immigrant.”

Carvalho stands with the thousands of immigrants—documented and undocumented—throughout Miami-Dade.

“At one point in this community, I was not a documented immigrant. So, I know the journey. I know the peril. I know the threat. I know the challenge. I know the fear.”

After President Trump threatened to remove funding from “sanctuary” cities, Miami-Dade County took quick action, becoming the first county to derail their sanctuary status…

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MLEC Alumni Participate in College-Talk Panel

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By Alexandra Reboredo

Miami Lakes Educational Center’s auditorium was full of alumni on Thursday— some had successfully completed their first semester of college, others were getting ready to graduate, and a few were still battling finals. Taking to the stage, they all answered questions ranging from dealing with rigorous classes to living with strange roommates.

Ms. Castro and Ms. Chavez served as moderators to guide the presentation towards the college bound 11th and 12th graders by asking questions and taking some from the audience.

The first question dealt with distance— a particular aspect of colleges that scares away many applicants— and how to deal with parents reluctant to have their children go far away.

“Getting out of your room and doing things and meeting new people is how to cope with [homesickness],” says Flavia Cuervo, Class of 2014, who is currently attending Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Proposed Alternative to FSA Testing

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By Alexandra Reboredo

Florida lawmakers have been searching for ways to improve state testing after last year’s incident regarding servers and general dissatisfaction with the tests. Although they won’t eliminate end-of-course testing, they’ve considered an alternative:students choosing between different kinds of standardized tests instead.

The Florida Standards Assessment was implemented to replace the FCAT. A state-hired company constructed the test along with the national Common Core standardsmeant to prepare students for rigorous college education.

“It’s new standards, it’s a new test–it’s everything coming at them so quickly that it was concerning to teachers,” said Robert Runcie, Broward Superintendent, to the Sun Sentinel. “It’s still concerning. If they’re going to use high-stakes testing, they need to get it right. And we haven’t gotten it right.”

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