Community meetings will be held in and around Coral Gables to discuss controlled choice with residents, a policy established by the Miami-Dade County Public Schools in the 1980s.
Coral Gables is the county’s remaining city still under the policy. It was designed to allow parents within a controlled choice attendance boundary to choose their children’s schools by ranking their preferences. However, they might actually get their third choice, and they won’t find out which school their children will attend until right before the school year begins.
Often, residents can live a block away from one school, but end up having to commute across town to another school.
The city of Coral Gables is calling on school officials to do away with the policy, which they say is deeply affecting residents’ quality of life.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools has facilitated neighborhood meetings to discuss the issue with parents. They will be held Tuesday:
▪ 5 p.m. at Coral Gables Preparatory Academy auditorium, 105 Minorca Ave., Coral Gables
▪ 6:15 p.m. at George W. Carver Elementary School auditorium, 238 Grand Ave., Coral Gables
▪ 7:30 p.m. at Sunset Elementary School cafeteria, 5120 SW 72 St., Miami