The Miami-Dade County Public Schools spends less per student than the only three larger districts in the country and still manages to deliver top-tier student achievement results. How does the district accomplish this? Is there something special about South Florida that allows the region to get more bang for its educational buck? If you talk to superintendent Alberto Carvalho, he’ll tell you that it isn’t fate or magic but rather prioritizing the classroom, focusing on the drivers of school spending, and keeping that spending in check, something many other school districts could learn from.
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