The Real Deal Miami

Should a new school be built for Downtown?

Consultant study says stats don’t reveal sufficient demand
October 24, 2014 03:00PM

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