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  • Posted On: Jan 15, 2015
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Pitbull Spends Birthday With Miami Mayor At SLAM To Announce Expansion

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Its Mr. 305’s birthday and what better way to celebrate than with the City of Miami’s Mayor, and other state and local officials, to announce the expansion of a public charter school in the city.
Mayor Tomas Regalado, and other officials including Governor Rick Scott, will join Armando Christian Perez, also known as Pitbull or Mr. 305, and the students of Sports Leadership and Management Academy (SLAM!) to announce the future expansion of the academy Thursday.
“We are so proud of Mr. Perez’s commitment to his hometown. Both at home and internationally, Pitbull embodies the cultural richness and diversity that unites the residents of the City of Miami. Mr. 305 is a beacon of inspiration for future generations,” stated Mayor Regalado. Adding, “Pitbull is Miami.”
Pitbull received several prestigious honors from the City of Miami and from Gov. Scott who named him the Ambassador of the Arts for Florida.
CLICK HERE to watch CBS4’s report
Also, Regalado presented Pitbull with the key to the city, a star,and he named today, January 15th, “Pitbull Day” in Miami for his commitment and dedication to the students and to city.
SLAM! is public charter school in Miami for 6th through 12 grade students seeking careers in the Sports Leadership and Management industries, according to the school’s website.
In addition to Regalado and Scott, Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Florida House of Representatives 14th District Representative Erik Fresen, the school’s Chairman of the Board Rene Ruiz, and Academica Founder and President Fernando Zulueta will also be in attendance.


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  • Posted On: Jun 6, 2014
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Charter schools advocate ‘Pitbull’ speaks to Gayle King from SLAM Charter Middle/High

Charter schools advocate Armando Christian Perez, widely known as “Pitbull,” was recently interviewed by “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King. The interview, during which Perez discussed giving back to his community, took place at public charter school SLAM (Sports Leadership and Management) Charter Middle/High School. Click here to watch the interview.

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Pitbull’s new Miami charter school set to open

by Dani Cimo, Telemundo

Pitbull wants to make education fun again—and he’s doing it with his new charter school opening up in Miami this week.
The international superstar is best known for his party soundtrack all around the world, but his charter school will be opened in the very same Miami neighborhood where he grew up. The school will focus on sports management and is called Sports Leadership and Management (SLAM)
In an interview with the Washington Post, Pitbull explained why he decided to take up the cause of charter schools.
“The simple fact is that teachers have changed my life. I had a second grade teacher that taught me that yeah, there is a way out…and I had an eleventh grade teacher who taught me to believe in myself…and that’s the same thing I want to do with the kids,” he said.

Pitbull emphasizes the importance of inspiration at SLAM, and he hopes to see kids embrace education again.
“What happens is education is no longer sexy, it’s no longer cool. I want to help put together a curriculum…where it does entertain them and engage them,” he explained.
Latinos are increasingly enrolling in charter schools, going from 20 percent of the charter school population in the 1999-2000 year to 26 percent in 2009-2010, according to George Washington University’s Face the Facts initiative.
Pitbull’s school will be run by non-profit Mater Academy, which has several Miami-area charter schools, and Academica, a large national charter school management company. Academica’s president Fernando Zulueta said at the National Charter Schools Conference in July that the rapper’s role will not be day to day but instead focusing on getting people involved.

The school has faced some criticism for working with Academica, a for-profit company. The National Education Policy Center called Pitbull out not just for Academica’s involvement but also for what they called misogynistic lyrics in his music. Still, Pitbull’s involvement in the school choice movement and desire to help kids get interested in learning again has been mostly well-received.
The Cuban American musician wants to see students at his school find learning fun. He says SLAM‘s mission is to provide Miami’s youth with an innovative educational program, emphasizing in sports-related career preparation. By educating the youth, he hopes to empower them to tackle anything that comes their way.
“There is no way that you can tackle any obstacle or any issue around the world if you are not educated,” he told the Washington Post. “That’s why we have to educate. That’s why I fight for it.”


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  • Posted On: Jul 19, 2013
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Pitbull Kicks Off the National Charter School Conference

Armando Christian Perez, aka Pitbull, Mr. Worldwide and Mr. 305, kicked off the 2013 National Charter School Conference with an inspirational, funny, heart felt speech.

Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4vQ_9DwJCs

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