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1 big thing: District eyes school changes

Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

Miami-Dade County Public Schools is proposing boundary changes for 11 schools — three of which will be repurposed — for the 2024–25 school year, a move that's expected to affect around 250 students.

Why it matters: While boundary changes are common, it's rare for the district to propose repurposing schools.

  • Parkview and Shadowlawn elementaries and Myrtle Grove K–8 will be "reimagined," officials said.

The big picture: The proposed changes, presented last week to the school board, are part of an annual evaluation to determine how schools are being utilized, address enrollment concerns and meet state requirements.

  • Factors considered include enrollment declines, class size mandates, construction of new residential developments and schools, and reducing or eliminating racial isolation, among others.

By the numbers: Six schools in the north region, three in the central region and two in the south region are slated for changes.

Zoom in: A portion of North Twin Lakes Elementary School will be assigned to Twin Lakes to increase enrollment at the latter.

  • Parkview Elementary will convert to a specialized exceptional student education (ESE) and full-service resource center for the north region. Families assigned to the school will be reassigned to Crestview and Scott Lake elementaries.
  • Myrtle Grove K–8 Center will become a K–5 elementary, moving future sixth- through eighth-grade students to Carol City Middle.
  • Shadowlawn Elementary will become an ESE center. Students previously designated for the school will be reassigned to Toussaint L'Ouverture and Eneida M. Hartner elementary schools.
  • Boundaries for Calusa Elementary and Claude Pepper will shift to redirect a portion of students to the latter.

Zoom out: Other Florida districts are considering plans to either close or reconfigure schools as districts across the state grapple with decreasing enrollment and what officials say are insufficient budget allocations.

  • Broward County Public Schools announced it would likely close five schools by the 2025–26 school year, according to WLRN.

Friction point: Community members have raised concerns about the changes and argued the timeline is too rushed, with some pointing to Broward's one-year transition timeline.

  • Miami-Dade district officials stressed there was community input, including at public meetings. Residents were also able to present recommendations to the Attendance Boundary Committee.

Go deeper: Parents appeal proposals, pitch alternatives

2. 🗑️ Weighing options for new trash incinerator

The Miami-Dade County North Dade Landfill in Miami Gardens. Photo: Marco Bello/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The site of the old Doral trash incinerator would likely be the cheapest and quickest location for a new incinerator plant planned by Miami-Dade County, according to a new report.

Why it matters: The county needs a plan for the 1 million tons of garbage the Doral facility used to burn every year before it was destroyed in a fire.

Catch up fast: The incinerator burned for over a week and led to reports of neighbors feeling sick.

  • The county is studying three proposed locations for a new plant: the existing Doral site, the former Opa-locka Airport West and a privately owned space near a landfill in Medley.

The latest: County consultant Arcadis released a report this month analyzing potential health and environmental impacts, and the feasibility of obtaining air permits from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

  • A new incinerator would cost at least $1.48 billion, per the report.

Zoom in: The Airport West site appears to be "more favorable for air permitting than the two other sites," Arcadis found.

  • The Doral location may offer advantages during the permitting process due to its history as an incinerator site, but it is the closest to the Everglades, per the report.

Keep reading: Recommendations expected in the fall

3. Cafecito: 🤑 Money for the Everglades

Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

⚖️ Miami commissioners are expected to consider naming deputy city attorney George Wysong to succeed Victoria Méndez as city attorney at a meeting tomorrow. (Miami Herald)

  • Méndez was removed earlier this month over allegations of misusing her office and criticism from some commissioners.

💰 Gov. Ron DeSantis said he plans to approve another $1.5 billion in next year's budget for Everglades restoration and water quality projects. (WLRN)

🗳️ Former Surfside mayor Shlomo Danzinger filed to run for Miami-Dade County mayor in 2024. (Miami Herald)

  • Other candidates include incumbent Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, Miami Lakes Mayor Manny Cid and social media commentator Alex Otaola.

Juliet the manatee died at ZooTampa on Sunday, four months after she was rescued from Miami Seaquarium. (New Times)

  • Her death was announced the same day Miami-Dade County terminated Seaquarium's lease over unpaid rent, alleged lease violations and poor conditions for the animals.

4. 🥊 Biden hits Trump on abortion

President Joe Biden speaks Tuesday during a campaign stop at Hillsborough Community College's Dale Mabry campus. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

President Joe Biden slammed former President Donald Trump's stance on abortion Tuesday during a campaign stop in Tampa, zeroing in on an issue top Democrats hope will turn out voters in November.

Why it matters: It's the president's first stop in Florida since the state Supreme Court ruled in two key cases impacting abortion access in Florida and across the South.

What he's saying: "In America today, women have fewer rights than their mothers and their grandmothers had because of Donald Trump."

The other side: A Trump campaign spokesperson said Biden and Democrats are "radically out of touch," according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Go deeper: DeSantis weighs in on Biden visit

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5. 😱 Cardiac cats win!

Carter Verhaeghe's game-winning goal against the Lightning last night. Photo: Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images

The Florida Panthers won an overtime thriller last night to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoffs series against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

  • The Cats won 3-2 with a back-handed game-winner from Carter Verhaeghe.

🐀 Fans tossed toy rats onto the ice in celebration.

⭐️ Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky made an unbelievable no-look save with his back turned to the offensive player.

Read more at the Associated Press

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This newsletter was edited by Jeff Weiner and copy edited by Nicole Ortiz and Anjelica Tan.