Mavericks High Charter Schools Not Accredited

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Records show that the Mavericks in Education Florida charter schools, which have a high-profile lobbyist and cheerleader in Frank Biden, are not accredited high schools. This means their graduates may have trouble playing college sports or receiving federally funded grants or scholarships to college.

The Fort-Lauderdale based, for-profit Mavericks currently has eight charter schools in Florida, including two in Broward, two in Miami-Dade, and one in Palm Beach County. The company aims to educate teenagers who would otherwise drop out of high school. None of the existing Mavericks schools is listed in the database of schools accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS).

In reports submitted to the Florida Department of Education in 2010, two Mavericks schools, in Osceola and North Miami-Dade, said they were not accredited. Two others, in Homestead and Pinellas County, said they would be seeking accreditation in 2011. But there is no evidence in the SACS database that any Mavericks school has received accreditation.

According to the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools, accreditation is crucial for students who want to play college sports, join certain military programs, or receive help paying for college.

"Most colleges and universities require students to graduate from regionally accredited high schools. In addition, students who apply for sports programs, federal state grants and scholarships, and military programs must graduate from an accredited school," the FCPCS website states.

Mavericks manager Lauren Hollander recently told New Times that half the charter chain's graduates go on to postsecondary education and about a quarter join the military. Indeed, Mavericks' website touts such accomplishments: "As a holder of a Florida high school diploma, graduates will be able to compete with other public and private high school graduates for jobs and acceptance into colleges, universities and the military."

Many Florida community colleges -- and the University of Florida -- do not require students to graduate from an accredited high school. The U.S. Army has different recruiting levels based on education. It's unclear whether Mavericks students, who do most of their coursework online, would be considered top-tier or second-tier recruits.

Hollander could not immediately be reached for comment today.
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bornagain10
bornagain10

I clicked on the slideshow off to the right about Sex in South Florida and was offended by the excessive nudity.  What kind of website is this? Heaven forbid one of my children was reading this so called news...  Sensationalistic stories mixed with nudity...  I guess this is what passes for news...

TraciGSmith
TraciGSmith

I don't understand.  The last article on this subject said that the charter was from Palm Beach County and I know there is not cost for tuition...  I am currently considering sending my son to Mavericks.  He really struggles in school and college is not a realistic path. He will get a recognized diploma, right?

Eric Barton
Eric Barton

If you read New Times regularly, you'll find we mix hard news reporting, like what Lisa is working on with Mavericks, with coverage of music, events, food, and everything in between.

This is South Florida, so sometimes we're going to write about sex, because it happens a lot around these parts. But I'm willing to bet our slideshow may be one of the tamest things your kids will find on the internets.

DamianStatler
DamianStatler

Both Mavericks schools in Dade have received their recommendations for accreditation by SACS. The diplomas are state seal stamped and signed by the Superintendent. It is a recognized MDCPS Diploma. A new school is unable to apply for the SACS accreditation until their third year of being open; hence the reason for Homestead's recent accreditation. I hope this puts the rumors of Mavericks to rest.

Lisa Rab
Lisa Rab

Traci,There is a lawsuit in Miami-Dade alleging that Mavericks does not offer a "Florida high school diploma." Mavericks denies this allegation. I have not yet seen the diplomas they are giving to students. You might want to request one and decide for yourself.

slowNewsDay11
slowNewsDay11

Traci, have no fear.  The school will help your son graduate with a diploma that is backed by Palm Beach County School District.

What this author is trying to say is that all charter schools have to make it through 3 years to be recognized by SACS.  I think that agency matters for College Sports, beyond that - I have never heard of them.

Is your son trying to play a professional sport?

NewTimesIsBackpageDotCom
NewTimesIsBackpageDotCom

They dont mix news with nudity, they mix it with prostitution.

The New Times is an alternative lifestyle media company that is owned by people who profit off of child exploitation and prostitution at backpage com. Both New Times and Backpage are owned by Village Voice Media Inc.

Backpage is prostitution advertising, every day thousand of teenagers post nude and partially nude provocative photos and prostitution advertisements listing age, phone #, and email addresses in thousands of cities across the US.

Warning: The following contains sexual exploitation – google backpage miami escort

How much profit does Village Voice have to justify such a heinous business decision?

How much does Lisa Rab have to get paid to justify working for such a business?

Why does Doug Martin Like this stuff?

slowNewsDay11
slowNewsDay11

Slow news day, slow news day, slow news day.

I checked out the website for Mavericks In Education and watched a video of 200 kids graduate and receive diplomas. Looked pretty real to me...

Charliejonestheteacher
Charliejonestheteacher

If you've received a high school diploma in Florida from an accredited high school then your school was accredited by SACS.  The kids can go to Miami Dade but outside of that, their options are limited.

Norcimo
Norcimo

This is not true...Mavericks is a scam., it is not what it was..The students do not learn anything but how to use a computer to play games online..Teachers don't care cause they are poorly paid.. and the school will never get accredited..

Charliejonestheteacher
Charliejonestheteacher

When you add up ALL the graduates from ALL the schools, you get 200.  The Kissimmee school has done alright but the rest haven't.

Charliejonestheteacher
Charliejonestheteacher

They don't teach because they are too busy trying to discipline and control out of control kids and getting cussed out by them too.

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