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Perla Tabares Hantman Targets Balancing Reduced Budget In Her Fourth Time As Chair Of Miamidades School Board

Written by on February 17, 2011

For the fourth time in her 14 years serving as a school board member, Perla Tabares Hantman has taken the role of chair for the School Board of Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

The nine school board members agreed to have her once again lead the school system, which represents 340,000 students in the county.

A champion for education, Ms. Hantman has dedicated more than a decade to improving the quality of education and preparing students for a future beyond high school.

The school system has scored high in building its contingency reserve, she said, which has grown from $4 million to $130 million in less than three years.

More than half of Miami-Dade public schools got an A on the last FCAT (Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test), a standardized exam administered to all public school students in Florida, with only one getting an F.

This year’s main focus is balancing the budget with reduced funding, which the school board and Superintendent Alberto Carvalho accomplished last year without layoffs.

"We are an example, and I’m saying it not only as a chairperson but as a member of the community, of what government can do with less money," she said.

Ms. Hantman discussed her priorities as chair with Miami Today reporter Yudislaidy Fernandez at the school system’s headquarters in downtown Miami. To read this profile article in its entirety, subscribe to Miami Today’s E-paper. With the E-paper you will be able to read the entire contents of Miami Today online exactly as it appears in print. Or order this issue, to receive a regular printed copy of this week’s Miami Today. You may also subscribe to the printed edition of Miami Today to receive the newspaper every week by mail. If you are reading this in Miami Today’s “Online Archive” as an archived web page and would like to see the entire article that was published, call Miami Today, 305-358-2663 and ask for the Circulation Department.   Top Front Page About Miami Today Put Your Message in Miami Today Contact Miami Today © Copyright 2011 Miami Today designed and produced by Green Dot Advertising and Marketingvar gaJsHost = ((“https:” == document.location.protocol) ? “https://ssl.” : “http://www.”);document.write(unescape(“%3Cscript src='” + gaJsHost + “’ type=’text/javascript’%3E%3C/script%3E”));var pageTracker = _gat._getTracker(“UA-4990655-1”);pageTracker._initData();pageTracker._trackPageview();