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Miami-Dade School District Push for More Control of WLRN Raises Concerns About News Operation

The Miami-Dade School Board is quietly pushing for tighter control of WLRN, South Florida’s award-winning public radio and television station, in a move that would allow school administrators to hire and fire its journalists and potentially put its independent news reporting at risk.

The demands — laid out in the draft of a new operating agreement — would force 19 WLRN reporters and editors now employed by an independent nonprofit to reapply for jobs and work directly for the school district. The draft contract also could open the door for the district, which owns WLRN’s operating license, to dictate programming and broadcast content.