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Miami-Dade County Public Schools: The Hidden Truth

Are public schools making as much progress on school climate as they claim?

Are public schools making as much progress on school climate as they claim? A new report, Miami-Dade County Public Schools: The Hidden Truth, by Advancement Project and the Power U Center for Social Change tackles this issue, detailing the experience of local students. In a powerful demand for action, Miami-Dade County youth grade their own schools based on district data and school climate indicators including the implementation of restorative justice, the prevention of sexual harassment, and violence and gender/sexual identity-based discrimination.

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