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Miami's SEED School's $1.5 Million Ask Raises Lawmaker's Ire

SEED school
promotional photo via The SEED Foundation

A charter school in Miami created two years ago through last minute maneuvering is getting a second look from lawmakers who aren’t comfortable with how the school is being run or how it was created.

The SEED school in Miami is a charter boarding school that houses low-income and academically struggling students five days a week. It was created in 2011 through a last-minute amendment on an unrelated bill on the last day of the legislative session. Senator Nancy Detert (R-Venice) has long questioned SEED’s high cost per student and did so again during a recent Education Committee meeting:

“If we spend $32,000 per-student we’d get a probably better than 56 percent of them going to college, so I really question the SEED school frankly. The other thing is... this year’s focus is to expand charter schools, vouchers, etc. And, we’re not putting $32,000 a kid into that.”

The school plans to open in August but is struggling to recruit students. The Florida Department of Education has requested $1.5 million for SEED for the upcoming school year, a cost of $25,000 per-child. The rest of the money would come from the Miami-Dade school district and other sources.

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Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative. 

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