Miami Dade County Public School System Pays The Miami Herald $16,000 Per Month To Report

Think about this quote as you quickly rush to believe what The Miami Herald prints about Miami Dade County Public Schools.

I am really enjoying this challenge to blog a post once a day. I didn’t know I had so much I wanted to share with the world. It’s very therapeutic.

Last night, I couldn’t take reading The Miami Herald online articles anymore. Its one sided reporting on the issues regarding Miami Dade County Public Schools, its school board and its Superintendent Alberto Carvalho were sickening.

The people who were reading these articles probably believed all of these untruths. There was no way that I could reach them with the truth as fast as the newspaper. It was like yelling into an empty room. Very frustrating.

I know I have better things to do with my time than focus on a system that is too corrupt to know the difference between right and wrong. But I do it because I can’t help not to do it. I can’t watch something wrong happen and stay quiet.

But I am thinking that if I share what I know with all of you, I might feel better. Maybe one day someone will stumble upon my blog and say, “Hey! Look! Someone was speaking the truth!”

So here goes.

The Miami Herald receives an average of more than $10,000 per month from Miami Dade County Public Schools. This is public knowledge but no one knows it’s available. Who will inform the public if the media is the one being bought?

When asked by the school board about these large sums of money going to The Miami Herald, the answer is that it is for educational purposes. I read The Miami Herald to find these educational purposes but I don’t find any. Isn’t the newspaper’s job to report the news without getting paid by the people who they are reporting on? Why are they getting paid to report the news? Does a criminal pay The Miami Herald to write about his crime? NO!

As a matter of fact, why do we rarely see any investigative reporting showing some wrong doing by the school system? It’s out there! A group of us continuously contact The Miami Herald and local news stations but nothing happens.

A supporter of Carvalho who shall be nameless until I can get confirmation from her to use her name, claims that the money given to the newspaper is for advertising. According to her, The Miami Herald and Miami Dade County Public Schools have a joint department where MDCPS pay the reporters to write about MDCPS. Now this makes perfect sense. Superintendent Alberto Carvalho has bought The Miami Herald for an average of $16,000 per month.

Is this ethical? Has The Miami Herald lost all of its journalistic ethics to report the untruths of Miami Dade County Public Schools? No one questions this at all? Strange.

So now, there’s much hype about the bond referendum.  Yet, The Miami Herald and local news stations won’t discuss the hot buttons. Why don’t teachers support a bond that supposedly will help the schools? Why are questionable methods being used to inform voters about the bond? How will the technology be used if the bond passes?

For example, school libraries are being closed to check out books because they are being turned into virtual classroom labs. One of the courses offered online is physical education. Your child will learn PE from a computer. Can you imagine how healthy your child will be by the end of the grading period? Your child’s fingers will be extra strong from the keyboard workouts.

How much do they care about our students when they take away books and PE in order to place them in front of a computer screen? Shouldn’t they be reading and actually participating in athletic activities? Don’t they do enough sitting in front of a computer at home? Where is the local media on this topic?

You won’t find them because our school district pays them really well to only print how wonderful of a messiah our superintendent is for our city.

Ceresta Smith, a veteran teacher in Miami, is against the bond and she cites many valid reasons on my FB page. I will put what she said here.

Ceresta Smith Can we trust them to deliver?
No – The school board has wasted lots of capital improvement money previously given by the state and have not accounted for money spent under the 1988 bond set to expire in 2017. Money for school improvement can be obtained by a wise use of already available funds.
No – Allowing more funds to come into a system with no real checks and balances for accountability is a waste of resources at a time when taxpayers are hurting.
No – Superintendent Alberto Carvalho has not been forthcoming; the Bond Referendum includes setting up a computerized data base that will include names, addresses, attendance records, student test scores, grades, special education status /Individual Education Plans (IEPs), and disciplinary records that will be available to for profit entities. Without prior consent of parents or teachers, our children’s data and teachers’ information used for evaluations will be exploited for private profit with no consideration of the risk to student or teacher privacy, and many brick and mortar students will face an increasing number of core subjects and or electives taught online with non-certified personnel monitoring classes.
No – They have secured livable wages for administrators while exploiting an inequitable pay grade system and job retention system that in six years netted one salary increase that unfairly impacted some educators and support staff salaries and sent many others into home foreclosure, bankruptcy, and social services offices.
Vote 223 – No!

This post goes back and forth between the bond and the school district’s use of The Miami Herald. The one thing they both have in common is that they are not being used for their rightful purpose.

If you haven’t voted yet, vote #223 and don’t allow a future financial fiasco to repeat itself again in Miami.

 

 

  • ASK

    Do a public Records Request from M-DCPS. This is your right. Ask for all records from the past seven years, then request the same from the Florida State Auditor General. If you do not receive this, then request the Florida and Federal Department(s) of Education to review the cost expenditures and the rationale for such usage of public dollars.

    • http://www.audaciouslady.com Nathasha Alvarez

      excellent suggestions. Thank you very much. This should not come only from me and the teachers. Everyone who pays taxes should be questioning these actions. Thank you.

  • ASK

    Ask for the vendors that will supply the computer software/hardware and the three vendor options that were submitted to the school board through a public records request all of this is in the “Sunshine”. No exchange of funds over $10,000.00 could not have been left up to the superintendent. This must have been approved by the M-DCPS School Board, which means two other vendors such as the Sun Sentinel and the Palm Beach Post needed to provide BIDS for advertising! Ask for the bids,again public record. If no success report to the Florida State District Attorney or the Office of the Inspector General at the federal level local OIG is partly paid by M-DCPS.

    • http://www.audaciouslady.com Nathasha Alvarez

      The exchanges are on average of $10,000 but not all on one transaction. They are very clever.

  • ASK

    It does not mean that the transactions are unavailable from public record…all financials are public record under the Sunshine law.

    • http://www.audaciouslady.com Nathasha Alvarez

      that’s true. Hope more people will do this. I can’t be the only person. 🙂

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  • Tanikka Paulkj

    I have first hand knowledge about the corruption within the Miami Dade County School System. I’m experiencing this with my son. It’s amazing how they can falsify records, not help students and ignore parents. They will violate parents and children’s rights. Don’t think that the upper level will assist you, you’ll be fighting and they’ll never respond to your concerns. They’ll hide and change things. The truth is truth. We must take a stand and reveal their corruption. Enough is enough. They are placing children in classes they shouldn’t be in and spending money on things they shouldn’t spend it on.

    • http://www.audaciouslady.com Nathasha Alvarez

      Tanikka, thanks for stopping by. Who will stand up to these people? I do my part but even then, that’s not enough. In the meantime, I will continue to cover the corruption as I know it on this site. Do you have proof that you would be willing to share with us?

  • Karen

    I am so glad to know that other people out here are aware of the corruption that plagues Miami Dade County Public School District. It really troubles me to see people use children and education to fatten their own pockets. If you think the Miami Hearald condones this what do you think about the article in last weeks Miami Times with Carvallo on the front page. Now you got me wondering does he pay them as well?