Mavericks High Schools Hope to Profit From Education – But at What Cost?

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District spokesman Nat Harrington says board members delayed the vote because they wanted more information about the grades and graduation rates at the eight existing Mavericks high schools in Florida. "Based on the information staff has received to date, there are reasons to be concerned about the strength of Mavericks' academic program," Harrington wrote in an emailed response to New Times' questions.

After cutting the ribbon, the crowd heads inside for cookies and tours of the school. Students fill the cubicles that weeks earlier had housed only rows of computers. Their teacher urges the class to listen carefully, because they have visitors.

A student sitting by the window looks confused. She has been stuck in class studying while all the singing and speech-making filled the lobby. "What they havin'?'" she asks a random visitor. She had no idea there was a celebration today.

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