Puerto Ricans fleeing the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria have already arrived at Florida's public schools. Broward County schools took in 128 hurricane refugees last week, mainly from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Miami-Dade district enrolled 31 from Puerto Rico, in addition to the 16 students from the Keys and two from Texas the district got after Irma and Harvey. School leaders are preparing for what could be a much bigger influx. "If there's one system in America that can actually respond quickly to these types of situations, it is a system like Miami," Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, said during a recent interview in his downtown office. "We are ready to embrace them, to hug them, to love them and to teach them."
In a case with enormous financial implications for teachers' unions, the U.S. Supreme Court once again has agreed to take up a dispute that threatens a 40-year-old precedent giving unions the right to collect fees from nonmembers.
It seems like an eternity since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, and parents are getting a touch grumpy dealing with the lines to buy water and gasoline and facing constant blackouts, as youngsters bounce off the walls with boredom. One of the casualties of Hurricane Maria, the Category 4 monster that lashed the island Sept. 20, are the island’s schools. Hundreds of schools are shut, and many parents in smaller interior cities and towns have no clue when they may reopen.
School officials from Miami to Hartford, Conn., are getting ready to enroll Puerto Rican students, whose families may leave the island after it was slammed by Hurricane Maria more than a week ago, leaving millions of residents in the dark and without running water.
For all of Sunset Park's celebrated taquerias, dim sum parlors and picturesque piers, the most popular destination in that neighborhood might just be the local branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. Despite its squat concrete frame and fluorescent lights — a far cry from the neighboring brownstones — the library draws a capacity crowd most days.
"Children can practice their numbers while singing and dancing with a delightful group of skeletons. In her now trademark bilingual concertina format, Jaramillo introduces children to a Mexican counting song…Observant readers will discover a surprise bonus: the cover glows in the dark!"
Nearly a week after Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico, students who can't return to school may need to continue their education on the mainland. Some of the largest school districts in Florida, plus major cities like New York City and Chicago, are preparing for the possibility of an influx of students from the island.
A week after Hurricane Maria, the strongest storm to hit Puerto Rico in decades, there's less immediate concern about when schools will reopen and more about when children and families will have access to food, running water, and power.
After the recent earthquakes in Mexico, many schools have gotten the green light to reopen, but others are either damaged or near damaged buildings. That uncertainty is putting a lot of stress on parents and kids hoping to get back to normal.
When the Boston Public Schools opened the Margarita Muñiz Academy in 2012, it was a first-of-its kind dual-language high school meant to address issues faced by the city’s growing Hispanic population. At the time, Hispanic students were both the most likely to drop out of the city’s schools and the least likely to enroll in college when compared to black, white and Asian students. They still are, but as the academy enters its sixth full year, its student outcomes are drawing praise from a variety of sources, even while administrators note that steep challenges remain.