Records Show Miami Mavericks High Teachers Paid Peanuts, Less Than $5K a Year

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Mavericks High in Homestead.
State records show that teachers at two Mavericks High public charter schools in Miami-Dade County earned less than $5,000 a year in 2010 and that many did not receive benefits.

According to records submitted to the Florida Department of Education, 14 teachers at the Homestead campus of Mavericks earned $3,350 to $3,877 during the 2009-10 school year. They were listed as full-time employees teaching special education, math, social studies, and other subjects. Only one language-arts teacher earned $52,000 that year.

Similarly dismal salaries were reported at the North Miami Beach campus of Mavericks, where ten teachers made $3,500 to $4,100 in 2010. Three of those teachers received benefits, along with two teachers in Homestead.

Tammy Lara, principal at Mavericks High in Homestead, says those salaries are not currently correct. "Our salaries are very competitive to Miami-Dade County public schools," she says.

Lara was not head of the school last year when the reports were submitted and didn't know why the listed salaries were so low. The reports indicate there were at least two other principals of the school between the fall of 2009 and this year, when Lara came onboard.

Mavericks corporate manager Lauren Hollander said she was unfamiliar with the state reports and would have to review them before commenting. The Pulp emailed her copies of the reports last Friday, and she has not yet responded.

The taxpayer-funded, tuition-free Mavericks charter schools target students at risk for dropping out. They are run by a for-profit Fort Lauderdale company, Mavericks in Education Florida, that has eight schools in Florida.

Mavericks students attend classes in four-hour shifts, and most of their time is spent sitting at computers, earning credits through online courses. Teachers are available to assist them and offer one-on-one tutoring.

Two former employees at Mavericks High in Homestead have filed whistleblower lawsuits alleging, among other complaints, that the school is not issuing Florida high school diplomas.

Frank Biden, a lobbyist and spokesman for Mavericks, denies the allegation, saying that the school issues diplomas but that not all students graduate.



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1027480
1027480

Way to support your college Eric, guess your going to jump on the band wagon. I wonder why Lisa has it out for Mavericks so much. She obviously has never been to the school and talked to the kids. BAD REPORTING!

parent
parent

Afterreading a number of articles and reviews on this issue, it all sounds likenothing but finger pointing specifically targeted at one charter school chain. So what's the deal with all the other charter schools or even the publicschool system, are they all perfected?  I doubt that very much.  

 

Thepublic school system has been way to comfortable for many years sitting on amonopoly of education, but now there is competition.   Wake up everyone,the same thing that happened to Bell the phone company is now happening tothe public school system.  Once you open the market to competition you getbetter and efficient services that changes the whole ball game. If public schools had their shit together then charter schoolswouldn't be gaining popularity or would they even be around in the firstplace, it's a big wake up call.   They really need to restructure theirteaching techniques for all students or they can close up shop.  If public schools would operate like a business for profit, maybe then the averageteacher will get their ass kicked for not performing and graduating a higherpercentage of students.

 

BottomLine: It doesn't matter through what educational system students use to get theirdiploma as long as each student is educated at a level they can grasp for apromising future and not end up behind bars cause they mugged your Ass. In addition, for all you critics out there, would you really care to bewriting these articles if you didn't get paid to, but since you all have tomake a living I suggest more research and be at least somewhat Bias to become agreat writer.

 

 Iunderstand that Village Voice Media Inc. Owns New Times and Backpage that offers an advertising section for prostitution, every day there are hugenumbers of teenagers POSTING provocative photos and prostitution advertisementlistings across the U.S on Backpage.  I don't get it, Lisa Rab will writeabout charter schools being corrupt that are creating an alternative educationfor under privileged students to stay off the streets but yet it seems to be OKto work for a company that publishes sexual services.  I say they shouldremove that section before they get a remake situation of what happened onCraigslist. 

 

Well, I guess at the end of the day Village VoiceMedia Inc. Is all about the money just like charter schools.

Norcimo
Norcimo

Mavericks was good when it first started.. but know its a total scam. The teachers are paid poorly and even coohersed on faking scores. The students get to play with computer, internet and listen to music during class hours, and get no real education. The Rodbergs are in it for the money and have no real intrest on educating.  COMMUNITY BEWARE!

Doug Martin
Doug Martin

Great article!!! Great research!!! Great reporting!!!

Gefilte_Fish
Gefilte_Fish

It all about the money. Do you believe these for profit corporations has the children or future well being of this country in mind?

These corporations are looking to stir the Department of Education money there way.

All about the money folks!!  I am yet to hear the percentages of Charter schools out performing public schools. But this seem to be believe by the public school haters and the sheeples.

SMDrPepper
SMDrPepper

If we are not careful, this is what the rest of the country will end up like.  The repubs have demonstrated their desire to do this and worse to teachers, and soon everyone else.  They are the party against education for the masses and would prefer us all to be mindless sheep, slaves to their every whim.  It is time to put an end to policies such as this.

Corolla Dining
Corolla Dining

Great article comes from inspiration and frequently reading the latest news and articles about a subject and keep up the good work in this website.

MrPibb00
MrPibb00

We need to end these policies before these children grow up to write for the New Times.  Poorly written articles devoid of facts and lacking in research will be our future.  Someone needs to ensure that our youth are better educated than this author!

Stephanie Kienzle
Stephanie Kienzle

Are you really blaming the Republicans for this particular problem?  Do you realize that the president of this organization (as well as the lobbyist for the organization) is the brother of Joe Biden, the very Democratic vice president of the United States?  You're probably on auto-pilot, ready to blame the GOP for all the country's woes, but you should probably get your facts straight first.

FactChecker11
FactChecker11

This is a terrible article.  Are the readers to believe that teachers were paid 3-4 thousand dollars for an entire school year?  My guess is that these are employees that only worked a week or two (for whatever reason).  Then again I have done about as much research on this as Lisa Rab has... ZERO!

Eric Barton
Eric Barton

You're so right, MrPibb00, because I don't want kids taught by teachers making this kind of money working for New Times someday. You missed a couple key facts in this post, like that the records were prepared by Mavericks and given to New Times by the state, so I'm guessing it's too late for you.

And @FactChecker11:disqus, Lisa has done more research on Mavericks than any reporter out there. As I said, these records were prepared by Mavericks for the state, which gave them to us after a public records request. If the records are wrong and the teachers make more than this, send me the correct records at eric.barton@browardpalmbeach.com.

Pete Pepper
Pete Pepper

Take a look around the country.  They want to remove all teacher rights.  And its thanks to them that there are so many charter schools all over the place, most run very badly, in an effort to close out public education.  So yes, I DO blame the repubs for this.

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