Two Miami Schools in Danger of Closing...Again

Miami Edison and Miami Central in danger of closing

By Christina Hernandez
|  Wednesday, Oct 19, 2011  |  Updated 9:34 AM EDT
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Hundreds packed the auditorium at Miami Edison Senior High School to discuss how to improve student performance.

Hundreds packed the auditorium at Miami Edison Senior High School to discuss how to improve student performance.

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Hundreds packed Miami Edison's auditorium Tuesday night to talk about one thing: How to keep Miami Edison and Miami Central Senior High Schools open.

The schools are once again in danger of closing unless they can meet certain student achievement goals.

The Florida Department of Education's Deputy Chancellor tried to put the rumors to rest.

"We don't want to close your school," Dr. Diana Bourisaw said. "We don't have the ability."

But the Board of Education does, and if the two schools do not meet certain requirements this school year, they may close even after last year's major improvement.

Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said the students are priority number one.

"This is a battle that is never fought to an end," Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said.

Parents came into the meeting with signs reading "Our schools are not for sale."

A second meeting is scheduled for next month so parents, educators and officials can continue to discuss ways of improvement.

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