The Urban League of Greater Miami held a press conference on Wednesday, August 20th to publicly release the Miami Teacher Quality Study during a community meeting. Associate Superintendent, Dr. Pablo Ortiz, of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) also addressed attendees during the community meeting to state that the MDCPS is aware of the challenges and has begun to implement initiatives to address those challenges.
In addition to parents and members of the community, other attendees included senior staff of the MDCPS, school board member Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, school principles from Miami Northwestern High School and Booker T. Washington High School, executive director of Teach for America Miami, and Adora Obi Nweze of the NAACP. Members of the media, including WSVN/CH 7 news, WFOR/CH 4 news, WTVJ/CH 6 news, WLRN, and Miami Herald.
The in-depth study, Unequal Access, Unequal Results: Equitable Teacher Distribution in Miami-Dade County Public Schools, which was commissioned by the Urban League of Greater Miami, provides substantiating evidence students in District 1 and 2 are far more likely to have the least experienced and least effective teachers and significantly more teacher turnover, thus creating unstable learning environments. The widespread inequality in Miami-Dade disproportionately impacts the county’s most vulnerable students, which are largely African-American and low-income students.
Links to the Miami Teacher Quality Study:
Media coverage of press conference:
T. Willard Fair’s op-ed article in the Miami Herald (August 22, 2014)
Unequal access, unequal results at Miami-Dade County Schools
610am “South Florida’s First News” with Jimmy Cefalo