Future of Edison, Central high schools up to state today

TAMPA -- The fate of two long-struggling Miami-Dade schools threatened with closing now rests in the hands of the state Board of Education.

On Tuesday, board members will decide whether to keep Miami Edison and Miami Central senior high schools open and under school district management -- or whether they must close or become charter schools.

The state named Central and Edison "intervene schools" in 2008 following years of poor performance on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Tests. Each was given three years to improve.

After dramatic changes were made at the schools, both Central and Edison raised their state-issued grades from F to C.

But the schools did not improve enough under a state administrative rule, and last month, were given two options: Close permanently or become charter schools.

Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho rallied members of the community in support of the two schools, winning the support of state Education Commissioner John Winn last week.

Winn had initially said the schools needed to make changes as radical as closing or reopening as a charter.

The state Board of Education must now vote to uphold Winn's new recommendation.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. Carvalho and the principals of the two schools will be attending.