County paying $9 million to send 1,100 rich kids to magnet school

Maritime and Science Technology (MAST) Academy is one of Miami’s best public schools, the Miami New Times reports. Each year, the magnet on the Rickenbacker Causeway draws 560 inner-city and under-privileged kids from across Dade and turns them into aspiring doctors, scientists, and engineers. Now, however, cash-strapped Miami-Dade County Public Schools appears ready to sell that small-school soul for $9 million. That’s how much the Village of Key Biscayne is offering towards an expansion project in exchange for sending 1,100 of its students to MAST. The plan would triple the size of the school, skirt its lottery system, and cost the county at least another $9 million. Parents, teachers, and former students tell New Times that they hate the idea, but the School Board appears ready to pass it tomorrow night anyway…

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