Monique O. Madan

@MoniqueOMadan

Monique O. Madan covers Coral Gables and Doral. Monique started at the Herald in 2008 as a part-time reporter. She graduated Emerson College in Boston after stints at The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and the Dallas Morning News. She returned to her hometown paper, the Miami Herald, in 2014.

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Coral Gables Museum’s educational programs get recognition

The museum received the Diamond Award for Outstanding Non-Profit Organization from the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, recognizing the museum’s business excellence, stability and growth and community outreach. Also recently, the museum received a $200,000 grant from the Florida Department of Education to expand its Green City Program, so it will be offered at no cost to all K-12 students in Miami-Dade County.

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Soapbox: Racial segregation in schools, no matter how unintended, should be illegal

Current debates about controlled choice in the city of Coral Gables implicate this very issue. When asked whether their government has any obligation to counteract school segregation, many parents might respond ‘no’ if it means that they cannot attend their neighborhood school. After all, they might argue, school segregation is an historical artifact no longer in operation. As members, however, of a broader community still impacted today by the intentional racial discrimination of yesterday, we have a duty to consider factors other than convenience, comfort, and our own ideal schooling arrangements when evaluating controlled choice.