As Miami Dade College Adjuncts Vote On Union, Organizers And Administrators Claim 'Intimidation'
A conflict last fall over union recruitment at Miami Dade College resulted in multiple municipal police officers pointing guns at a labor organizer on the school's campus in Doral. The Sept. 13, 2018, incident was one of several alleged dustups that have led the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to file a complaint against the college charging unfair labor practices, a claim that is still pending under Florida's Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC). The labor organizers and the college administration are accusing each other of intimidation and harassment in what has turned into an ugly battle over a March 27 election that will determine whether adjunct faculty at one of the nation's largest colleges form a union. "Some of the tactics, unfortunately, that they are using go back to last century, which is intimidating faculty, harassing faculty," outgoing Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padrón said of SEIU organizers during an exclusive interview with WLRN last
Newest Leader Of South Florida's Historically Black University Plans Expansion
The new leader of Florida Memorial University wants to triple the school's enrollment, at a time when some other historically black institutions are losing students, facing threats to their accreditation status and even closing their doors.
Florida House Speaker To Miami-Dade District: Share New Property Taxes With Charter Schools
The speaker of the Florida House is stepping in to help charter school teachers get a share of the revenue from Miami-Dade County’s recently approved property-tax increase. Republican House Speaker Jose Oliva, of Miami, accused the leaders of Miami-Dade County Public Schools of “deception,” writing in a letter Friday that “an illusion was created that the additional taxes would be used to benefit all schools.” “Nothing in the ballot language dispelled this illusion or clarified the real intent of the referendum sponsors,” Oliva wrote in the letter to school board Chair Perla Tabares Hantman and Superintendent Alberto Carvalho. “Such deception by elected officials is simply intolerable.” In November, the school district asked property taxpayers to contribute about $232 million more per year for four years to increase teacher pay and hire additional school police officers. It was approved overwhelmingly. Since, charter lobbyists have pushed for their schools' teachers to get raises, too;
Broward School Board Approves 'Code Red,' 'Hard Corner' Policies, A Year After Parkland Shooting
More than a year after the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the Broward County school board voted unanimously to adopt two new emergency policies that state investigators and parents of Parkland victims argue could have saved lives had they been in place sooner. The board on Wednesday approved a policy clarifying that all staff members are responsible for initiating "code red" lockdowns if they believe there is a threat to students' safety. The board also adopted a new plan for "hard corners" or "safer spaces" — areas where people can hide out of the line of sight of an active shooter at a window or door. But board members acknowledged there will likely be changes to the "safer spaces" policy, especially as the district has struggled to get help from law enforcement agencies in identifying and marking off the areas. The new "code red" rule requires all employees to initiate a lockdown "should they see, hear or smell anything" that might threaten the safety of
A Year After Deadly Shooting, Superintendent Pledges To Make Broward Schools 'Safest In The Nation'
Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said he wants schools in his county to be the safest in the nation. His pledge comes one year after 17 students and staff members were murdered, and another 17 were injured, during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.