A lot happened this month for education in Miami-Dade county! Early in the month our own Superintendent Alberto Carvalho was awarded the Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education by McGraw Hill Education and Arizona State University. Founded in 1988, the award seeks to distinguish those who have shown immense dedication towards improving the educational opportunities for students before and during college. Mr. Carvalho has done more than that throughout his career, and deserves to stand in the same regard as prior honorees such as Salman Khan and Christopher Cerf.
Closer to home, Booker T. Washington Senior High School had the pleasure of experiencing a doubling down in scholarship money offered by the Dade County Federal Credit Union. The Credit Union has offered a $1,500 scholarship to a student in the school’s graduating class every year since 2003, but decided to double that offer this year, offering two scholarships to two separate students who showed exemplary commitment and love for their studies.
Finally, Miami-Dade County was recognized as a key player in the increasing high school graduation rates across Florida. Florida posted an impressive 77.8 statewide high school graduation rate, which is an increase of 7% over the last five years. However, Miami-Dade County, the fourth largest district in the United States, posted a high school graduation rate of 78.1%! Our students are doing better and better every year, and we can’t wait to see how the county, the state, and the nation continue to move forwards and give more of our kids the degrees they need to succeed later in life! To quote Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize winner Alberto Carvalho on this issue, “we are elated”!