Teachers march on Biscayne

  • Hundreds of teachers, parents, students and politicians march past AmericanAirlines Arena on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 for the United Teachers of Dade's "Walk a Mile in Our Shoes," a union-organized march along Biscayne Boulevard in downtown Miami. The goal: to raise awareness of issues facing Miami-Dade County's public schools, to garner support of public education, and to protest the turning over of charter schools to corporate, for-profit interests. The march culminated at the Friendship Torch. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Dressed as the little old lady who lived in a shoe, Chris Kirchner, a Miami-Dade public school teacher of 31 years, stands with Stacey Dean, right, a Miami-Dade public school teacher of 16 years, and with Sandra Ambrister, left, and her daughter, Aisha Ambrister, 16, a student at Dr. Michael Krop Senior High. The four were among hundreds of teachers, parents, students and politicians who took part in United Teachers of Dade's "Walk a Mile in Our Shoes," a union-organized march in downtown Miami on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. The event's goals: to raise awareness of issues facing Miami-Dade County's public schools, to garner support of public education, and to protest the turning over of charter schools to corporate, for-profit interests. Friday was a Teacher Planning Day. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Antonio White, right, a teacher of 21 years at Jose Marti 6-12 MAST Academy, raises his fist in support of United Teachers of Dade's "Walk a Mile in Our Shoes," a union-organized march along Biscayne Boulevard in downtown Miami on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. At left, in suit, is UTD President Fedrick Ingram; next to him (to right) is Miami-Dade Public Schools Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Waving American flags and holding signs, hundreds of teachers, parents, students and politicians took to the street Friday for the United Teachers of Dade's "Walk a Mile in Our Shoes," a union-organized march along Biscayne Boulevard in downtown Miami. The goal: to raise awareness of issues facing Miami-Dade County's public schools, to garner support of public education, and to protest the turning over of charter schools to corporate, for-profit interests. The march culminated at the Friendship Torch. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • United Teachers of Dade President Fedrick Ingram, left center, and Miami-Dade Public Schools Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, right center, joined hundreds of teachers, parents, students and politicians for UTD's "Walk a Mile in Our Shoes," a union-organized march along Biscayne Boulevard in downtown Miami. The goal: to raise awareness of issues facing Miami-Dade County's public schools, to garner support of public education, and to protest the turning over of charter schools to corporate, for-profit interests. The march culminated at the Friendship Torch. City of Miami Police cars escorted the marchers. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Gianna Sweeting, 13, of Cutler Bay, captures a public education rally with her cell phone Friday in downtown Miami. The event was part of United Teachers of Dade's "Walk a Mile in Our Shoes," a union-organized march along Biscayne Boulevard, culminating at the Friendship Torch. Gianna, an eighth-grader at Cutler Ridge Middle School, took part in the march with her mother, Lisa Sweeting -- a special education teacher at Florida City Elementary School -- and her brother, Barrington Sweeting, 15, a freshman at South Ridge Senior High. The event's goals: to raise awareness of issues facing Miami-Dade County's public schools, to garner support of public education, and to protest the turning over of charter schools to corporate, for-profit interests. Friday was a Teacher Planning Day. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Participants in United Teachers of Dade's "Walk a Mile in Our Shoes" — a union-organized march along Biscayne Boulevard, culminating at the Friendship Torch in Miami — voice their suport for public education during a rally after the march on Friday. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF