M-DCPS in the News

Superintendent Urges All to "Rethink School Discipline"

Miami-Dade Public School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho participated in a meeting on school discipline at the White House recently. read more

M-DCPS Budget Initially Approved

The Miami-Dade County Public School Board initially approved Wednesday a new budget that includes funding for the district’s most aggressive rollout of new school programs in the face of growing competition for students. read more


FOP 133 Reaches a Tentative Agreement With the Miami Dade County Public School System

FOP 133 Reaches a Tentative Agreement With the Miami Dade County Public School System

Today, after a hard day of negotiations between members of the school district and the FOP, our negotiating team secured a tentative agreement to be voted on, October 4, 2016 by the membership. If passed, the vote will be ratified the day after, on Wednesday the 5th at the next School Board meeting. We look forward to continue to secure fair and equitable contracts for our members faster than we have in the past. This contract, if ratified, becomes historic in that it was secured faster and more efficiently than ever before. I would like to thank all of those whom participated in this process. Our promise is to continue bringing our membership forward to where they deserve. “Onward and Upward!” Al Palacio President, F.O.P.... read more

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The Juvenile Civil Citation – Is it Effective?

The Juvenile Civil Citation – Is it Effective?

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice provides an alternative to arresting juveniles who have committed first-time misdemeanor offenses; the Juvenile Civil Citation. It is well-known in the school policing community how easy it is to effect a physical arrest by placing handcuffs on a juvenile, writing an arrest form, completing an incident report and transporting the child to the Juvenile Assessment Center. By contrast, a juvenile civil citation requires much more time and effort from the police officer as a means of ensuring juveniles get the best possible chance at correcting their delinquent behaviors which have resulted in misdemeanor crimes. F.O.P. Lodge #133 is extremely proud of the earnest work accomplished over the years by our police officers in providing our children with a “second chance.” As an added bonus, the civil citation program saves taxpayers millions of dollars every year that would otherwise be spent on arrested youth who would normally go through a formal juvenile delinquency program. Here’s how it works: Once there is probable cause that certain misdemeanors have occurred and a juvenile is the offender, the police officer may issue a civil citation. Unlike an arrest where an individual is taken into custody and an arrest form is generated and the subject is transported to the proper intake facility, the civil citation, believe it or not, is much more time consuming and requires close monitoring by several entities. With all civil citations, there is a verification process to determine whether or not the juvenile meets the criteria for the program. After determining that the juvenile meets the criteria, an arrest form along with the completed... read more

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