After nearly a year of waiting, teachers at Miami-Dade County Public School finally receive their promised $ 100 gift card for setting up their online courses before the first day of school on K12’s glitchy e-learning platform.
Teachers who met the deadline should have received an email from Giftogram this month containing their “appreciation token” from the school district, United Teachers of Dade said in a newsletter to its members. Teachers can select a provider for the entire $ 100 gift card or select multiple cards for a total of $ 100.
Gift cards began arriving in inboxes on August 9, nearly two months after the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Inspector General’s Office concluded its investigation into the donation of 1.57 million dollars solicited by Miami-Dade school principal Alberto Carvalho from a for-profit company. K12.
School district investigators found “no actual violations” although they said there was an appearance of impropriety and recommended that the donation be returned to K12, now known as Stride, Inc. .
Last month, the board of directors of the Foundation for New Education Initiatives, the district-run nonprofit association founded by Carvalho, which received the donation from K12, voted unanimously in July for keep the money and give it to the teachers. Carvalho, president of the foundation, abstained from voting.
K12 donated the money, $ 1.57 million, for gift cards last year to the foundation while its contract was still pending. The Miami-Dade School District used My School Online, the online learning platform powered by K12, at the start of the 2020-2021 school year, but quickly abandoned the system within the first two weeks of the system. learning during the COVID-19 pandemic due to an array of technical issues, best symbolized by the infamous Banana Dog error page.
The school district has about 19,200 teachers, and 15,761 of them have met the deadline to get the $ 100, as the Miami Herald previously reported. But even with the donation, the foundation still needed $ 6,100 to pay the 15,761 eligible teachers. A board member agreed to donate this amount to make up the difference.
Miami Herald editor-in-chief David Goodhue contributed to this report.