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MDCPS Superintendent Unveils Plan For New School Year

MIAMI (CBSMiami) -- Miami-Dade County school administrators packed an auditorium Friday to hear their leader address the coming school year's challenges.

Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho laid out his plan.

Student voices from the Miami-Dade County Diamond Chorus filled the rafters while administrators from 450 county schools filled the seats to hear Carvalho acknowledge their accomplishments.

Watch the report, click here.

Carvalho is the 2014 National Superintendent of the year but what are his priorities for the upcoming school year?

"We want to increase graduation rates. We're already higher than the state and neighboring districts, but my goal is to reach 90%," said Carvalho.

Carvalho also wants to focus on unaccompanied minors saying the system needs to give them support.

To reiterate, he tweeted out "We need all the #Dreamers we can get. And once they are here,we must give them support. #brilliancerising"

The superintendent also briefly outlined his pilot program testing students on performance enhancing drugs.

READ: MD Schools To Start Drug Testing Students

The issue made headlines earlier this week after the Feds cracked down on the Biogenesis Clinic in Coral Gables for allegedly selling performance enhancing drugs to athletes, including local high school students.

The superintendent also said communication with teachers and parents plays a big part in the success of a student's education which is why the school district unveiled a new app which would help them do that.

Click here to download the app.

Following the event on Friday, Carvalho tweeted "So thankful for an amazing @MDCPS board full of leadership and dedication to our education system."


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