Miami-Dade superintendent wants more time to study Gables boundary changes

Miami-Dade County schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho has declined to make a recommendation regarding a controversial proposal to change school boundaries in Coral Gables.

The district is considering a recommendation from the city to eliminate a lottery system at three elementary schools in favor of attendance boundaries drawn on a map. The schools are: Coral Gables Preparatory Academy, George Washington Carver and Sunset.

At a meeting on the issue Thursday, Carvalho declined to make a recommendation either way.

“He wants to look into it deeper at this point,” district spokeswoman Daisy Gonzalez-Diego wrote in a text message. “He wants to speak to the board and other stakeholders before deciding.”

People at the meeting said the superintendent was worried about diversity issues. The lottery was started as a way to integrate schools, but parents say it is stressful for families who can’t attend the schools closest to them.

A school board committee on diversity recently voted to keep the lottery system in place, while another committee voted against it.

The ultimate decision will be left to the school board, with a preliminary vote scheduled in April and a final vote in June.

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