BHA Education Advocacy Alert – MDCPS School Board Meeting Action

January 17, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
School Board Administration Building (SBAB) auditorium
1450 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33132
Mr. Samuel Joseph

Brickell families, we need your stories!

Join representatives from BHA, DNA, and other Urban Core stakeholders as we work to ensure Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ School Board members are reminded of the urgent need for urban core families to have access to high-quality public schools. We encourage you to sign up to speak during the public hearing portion of the School Board meeting to communicate your family’s story personally.

The Public Hearing portion of the long agenda can come up anywhere between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m., not set at a time certain. You have to sign up to speak ahead of time.

Click here to learn more about the meeting, its agenda, and how you can participate as a speaker. Make sure your family’s story and needs are heard on this very important issue by joining us on January 17th.

Advocacy Alert:

At the upcoming School Board meeting (January 17th), there will be a discussion of a resolution relating to an audit of impact fees. BHA urges our members, Brickell and other families living in Miami’s urban core to sign up to speak (on item H10) about the need for these funds to be used to create high-quality school options for families living in Brickell and Miami’s urban core. Click here to see the school board resolution which will discussed.

As background, Downtown Miami produces over $107 million (2014) annually in property tax income for the School Board. Equitable distribution of these funds throughout the district should allow for funding of schools in our neighborhood.

Additionally, the area has generated considerable School Impact Fees from new developments. Unfortunately, these funds which are meant to be designated for educational needs attributable to these new developments (Section 33K-11 of the County Code) appear to be flowing to other parts of the district. Furthermore, the School Concurrency Determination process – the means for collecting fees from a developer to fund the estimated number of needed new school seats created by a development – has been rendered irrelevant due to a loophole that allows local government to allocate students produced by new developments to a nearby school (Section 163.3180 of the Florida Statutes).