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Should a new school be built for Downtown?

Consultant study says stats don’t reveal sufficient demand

October 24, 2014 03:00PM

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Booker T. Washington Senior High School

Booker T. Washington Senior High School

A proposal for a new school in Downtown Miami is offering up some tricky math and civics lessons.

School board member Raquel Relgalado, the daughter of Miami mayor Tomás Regalado, is pushing for a new school that would target the needs of wealthier, international students living in new condo towers in Brickell and offer an International Baccalaureate curriculum.

But while the more people are moving into the area, the number of families has decreased, and either way, an existing school has room for more students, according to a consultant report commissioned by Miami’s Downtown Development Authority.

The Miami Herald reported that part of the conflict appears to concern perceptions surrounding the underused school – Booker T. Washington, a public high school in Overtown, which has received low marks in state grades in the past. [Miami Herald] Jennifer White Karp

  • Edumucated

    this would have to be a private institution of higher learning but YES YES YES. only problems are the cost of land. Ransom is the only local private school worth its salt and the only way any new school would be able to compete would be to carve out a niche in the urban core. see various manhattan downtown prep schools. if this ever happens also say hello to a nu-wave of neurotic children that are exposed to bum fights and public displays of humanism at far too early an age with crazy parents. YOLO

  • globalreach

    boo hoo if the wealthy high school students in brickell don’t want to go to Brooker T they could go to new world school of arts or Miami Beach high.

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