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Fox News Baltimore Segment on City of Hialeah Educational Academy

Project Baltimore recently traveled to Miami and toured the City of Hialeah Educational Academy, which has established a national reputation for success. At Hialeah, national accolades hang in the cafeteria like banners in a sports arena. And things like honor and respect are not just encouraged - they’re expected.

Project Baltimore recently traveled to Miami and toured the City of Hialeah Educational Academy, which has established a national reputation for success. When you walk into the school, part of what makes it different is obvious.  


At Hialeah, national accolades hang in the cafeteria like banners in a sports arena. And things like honor and respect are not just encouraged - they’re expected.

 

Alvarez knows well what lies beyond those doors. He knows the poverty that 90 percent of his students live in. He knows, because he too grew up here.

Stated Alvarez, “I see these kids and I see myself growing up in the same community. I see myself and every opportunity that I wasn’t given.”

 

It was with that goal in mind - to prepare local young people for careers - that this school came to be.

 

“When I became mayor of the City of Hialeah one of the things that I knew from the get go if I wanted to decrease crime, if I want to increase economic development, if I wanted safer parks, safer streets, we needed to have better schools,” said former Mayor of Hialeah Julio Robaina.

 

To create better schools, Robaina had an idea - use existing city resources and create a partnership. A city park with courts and ball fields supplied the land, which the public charter school leases from the city. Inside the building, students learn CPR from actual Hialeah paramedic. And, criminal justice is taught by Hialeah Police Officers.


Excerpt from:Fox News Baltimore Segment on COHEA: New Educational Lessons Baltimore Schools Could Learn