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Miami Lakes trumpets high schools’ improved FCAT grades


Council members think their decision to fund FCAT tutoring helped all three high schools make an A or B.

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For the first time, all three of the Miami Lakes’ high schools have received A and B grades.

The grades, which were released earlier this month, showed that Miami Lakes Educational Center managed to maintain its A rating, while Barbara Goleman Senior High School improved its grade to a B in 2013, up from a C in 2012.

Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High received its first A in 2013.

The high school had received a D rating 2011, which it brought up to a B grade in 2012.

The Town Council congratulated the schools on their scores in a recent press release, which also pointed out that the council earmarked $22,500 in its current budget that the town’s six schools can use towards FCAT tutoring.

“It’s part of the package Miami Lakes has, we not only have great public services and great schools as well,” said Vice Mayor Manny Cid in a phone interview. “It goes to show how much the town values education.”

Councilman Tony Lama said members of the town’s education advisory board, residents and other community members pushed for the tutoring money during budget hearings earlier this year.

“They came before us to highlight how important it is to set aside some funds to help with tutoring,” Lama said during a phone interview.

Lama said he sees a direct correlation between highly rated schools and property values and believes the additional FCAT funding will be beneficial to both the schools and the town.

“The education of our children is paramount,” Lama said in the press release, “but what many don’t realize is that our commitment to our schools and these stellar results contribute to our solid property values and keeping Miami Lakes a highly coveted area to raise your children and locate a business.”

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