New Photos Allegedly Show Filthy Conditions at Miami Palmetto Senior High School

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In the wake of this week's controversy involving free speech, social media, and allegations of filth at one Miami-Dade high school, students at another are reportedly sending out their own pictures of unhygienic conditions. The new photos were taken by students at Miami Palmetto Senior High School, according to Lisa Merkin, who runs the community page Around Pinecrest and received the photos.

"This is what is going on at our public schools," Merkin wrote to New Times. "It is not right. There is not one school that stands out."

Update: After this post was published, several Palmetto students have come forward defending their school. See below for more details.

See also: Sunset High Principal Lucia Cox Out Amid Filth Allegations, Free Speech Criticism

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Sunset High Principal Lucia Cox Out Amid Filth Allegations, Free Speech Criticism

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Sunset High Principal Dr. Lucia Cox with a student. Cox resigned today after allegations of cleanliness at the school surfaced on social media.
Dr. Lucia Cox, the recently embattled principal of Miami Sunset Senior High School, resigned Wednesday following days of uproar stemming from students' viral social media posts about school conditions.

"Recognizing the best interests of Miami Sunset Senior High School, its students, faculty, and community and standing firmly on the high standards expected at Miami-Dade County Public Schools, today we accepted the early retirement of Dr. Lucia Cox," Alberto Carvalho, Miami-Dade schools superintendent, said in a statement provided to New Times. "Restoring Sunset Senior to its optimal teaching environment is of paramount importance; therefore, a temporary leader will be assigned until a permanent appointment is approved at the next School Board meeting."

See also: Student's Accusations of Filth at Miami Sunset High Spark Official Probe

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Alumni Claim Miami Sunset High Punished Students Who Complained About Filth

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Last week, photos posted to Tumblr claiming to show that Miami Sunset High has a filth problem -- showing spoiled juice, a moldy shower, and a cockroach allegedly inside the building -- went viral on social media, prompting an official probe from public school officials.

But some Sunset alumni say the high school's problem goes beyond bad cleanliness standards. They say the high school has a free speech problem. When students complained about the conditions and posted on social media, they were allegedly threatened with disciplinary action and forced to apologize.

See also: Student's Accusations of Filth at Miami Sunset High Spark Official Probe

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Student's Accusations of Filth at Miami Sunset High Spark Official Probe

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After Buzzfeed published a post reporting that an apparent Miami Sunset High student had taken pictures of filthy conditions at the school, including disgustingly spoiled juice, a moldy shower, and a cockroach problem, a Miami-Dade County Public Schools spokesman says some of the claims might have been doctored by a vengeful student.

"We do acknowledge there was a situation involving juice boxes," said the spokesperson, John Schuster. Schuster said several of the boxes hadn't been properly refrigerated over the recent winter break, and once they were discovered were immediately discarded. "A different type of juice by a different type of manufacturer was brought in," he said.

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FIU Charged Thousands in Hidden Tuition Fees, Student Claims

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Florida International University is a juggernaut. The school is fast approaching 60,000 students, has two major campuses plus half a dozen satellite locations, and received voter approval last week to expand into 64 acres of Tamiami Park.

But not all members of the FIU family are happy. In fact, some are downright pissed. Daniel Weihnacht, a 52-year-old graduate student, has fought FIU for more than two years over what he says are hidden -- and perhaps illegal -- tuition fees propping up the ever-expanding institution.

"FIU is overcharging some grad students by tens of thousands of dollars," Weihnacht says. "It is student loan fraud."

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John Thrasher, Rick Scott's Campaign Chair, Picked as FSU's Next President: Here's Why People Are Angry

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John Thrasher has held a lot of positions in his life: speaker of the Florida House, chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, lobbyist, chairman of Rick Scott's reelection campaign, and current state senator.

Yesterday the Florida State University Board of Trustees voted 11-2 to appoint Thrasher as the 15th president of the school. Once the state university system's board of governors approves the choice (generally seen as a formality), the 70-year-old Thrasher will resign from the senate and Scott's campaign to take over the president's office.

Supporters see him as a proven leader whose connections to Florida power will help the school raise the money that will return it to academic prominence.

Others see Thrasher as a Republican good ol' boy who is trading in his connections for a cushy job for which he has no experience.

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University of Miami Makes Playboy's List of Top Ten Party Schools

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Donna Shalala hasn't even left yet, but already the University of Miami's party school reputation is back. Playboy released its list of the top ten party schools this year, and the University of Miami comes in at number seven.

See also: Donna Shalala Announces Plans to Retire From University of Miami

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Three Miami-Dade Charter Schools Make Newsweek's Best High School List

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Three Miami-Dade high schools cracked the Top 100 in Newsweek's annual high school ranking list, and they're all charter schools.

Newsweek actually split its rankings into two lists this year: a general top high schools list, and a list for the 100 best schools for low-income students. No Miami schools made the low-income list.

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Rick Scott Proposes Raising Education Spending to $232 Per Student

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Rick Scott announced plans this morning to raise per student spending on education in the state to its highest levels ever.

Interestingly, the announcement came just a week after likely Democratic challenger Charlie Crist criss-crossed the state in a yellow school bus reminding people how much Scott had slashed education spending in the first place.

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Florida Rep Worried Common Core Testing Will Turn Your Kid "as Homosexual as They Possibly Can"

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Apparently the key to being as homosexual as you can possibly be is standardized math tests. Who knew? That's what Florida state Rep. Charles Van Zant declared in a speech railing against the Common Core basic educational standards.

As far as we know Common Core does not involve crazy things like numerators bottoming for denominators.

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