Broward County Public Schools

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Broward County Public Schools students will get some extra lessons in combating hate and embracing diversity this year.

All 234 schools in the Broward district will participate in an educational program called “No Place for Hate” from the Anti-Defamation League, an international group that fights anti-Semitism.

Each school will form a “No Place For Hate” club, participate in a training and hold three school-wide discussions on diversity, bias and inclusion. Also, all members of the school community will sign a resolution promising to respect each other.

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When more than 270,000 students in Broward return to school Wednesday, there will be added security on campuses, more surveillance cameras and a new monitoring system that allows the Broward Sheriff’s Office to access video feeds in real-time to address an immediate threat.

Colleen Wright / Miami Herald

It was 1999 when then-Gov. Jeb Bush achieved his biggest priority, the “A-plus plan,” which changed the way we have thought about schools in Florida ever since.

The law said schools should get letter grades so parents could quickly and easily understand how well they were doing. The grades are high stakes now, because if schools perform poorly for long enough the state can force districts to take drastic steps, such as closing them.

Twenty years after the law was passed, the school districts in South Florida have a lot to celebrate.

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

Broward County lawmakers, school district officials and parents are launching a multi-front war against e-cigarette companies, which they argue are targeting teenagers in hopes of addicting them to nicotine.

“Their only purpose, let’s be very clear, is to hook another generation of smokers — or vapers,” Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said during a news conference Friday morning at the YMCA in Weston. “I mean, their job is to make money.”

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Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a controversial measure requiring school districts to share a cut of local money with charter schools on Wednesday.

The bill, which largely addresses tax relief following hurricanes and tax cuts for business leases, drew opposition from school districts that object to sharing tax dollars with charters run by for-profit companies. The change in law means that districts will have to share money collected through special voter referendums.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Officials from Broward County Public Schools met in Fort Lauderdale Monday afternoon to formally introduce the new principal who is expected to take over leadership at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. 

Michelle Kefford, recently named Florida's 2019 Principal of the Year, has been recommended to take on the role.

Kefford started her education career as a biology teacher at MSD nearly 20 years ago. She said she is still forming her plan for the school. 

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

This story was updated at 4:10 p.m.  on Wednesday, April 10. 

Families of Parkland school shooting victims are filing at least 22 lawsuits against the Broward County school board, sheriff's office and others, alleging they failed to prevent the attack that left 17 people dead and another 17 injured.

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Middle school can be a difficult time in life. 

Nearly a year ago the counseling program 'School Is Cool' was launched in 10 middle schools across Broward County with the help of the Community Foundation of Broward. The program targets students who have issues with attendance, behavior or poor grades and works with them to boost involvement at school. 

Now the program is almost ready to expand to even more schools. 

Sam Turken / WLRN

The chair of the state commission that investigated the Parkland school shooting told the Broward County School Board on Tuesday that school security improvements across Florida must happen faster.

During a three-hour meeting with the school board, Bob Gualtieri reviewed the recommendations made by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission to enhance school security. Gualtieri, who is also the Pinellas County sheriff, urged board members and Superintendent Robert Runcie to put aside politics to better identify security threats and respond to them.

Robert Runcie
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More than 1,000 people from across Broward County showed up at J.P. Taravella High School in Coral Springs Monday night for a district-wide town hall about school security. 

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

More than a year after the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the Broward County school board voted unanimously to adopt two new emergency policies that state investigators and parents of Parkland victims argue could have saved lives had they been in place sooner.

The board on Wednesday approved a policy clarifying that all staff members are responsible for initiating "code red" lockdowns if they believe there is a threat to students' safety.

Lily Oppenheimer

In Broward County, Valentine’s Day will never be the same.

On the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, teachers across Broward were determined not to focus on the shooting that killed 17 students on Feb. 14, 2018.

At Seminole Middle School, about 30 minutes from Marjory Stoneman Douglas, teacher Andrea McNiven guided students in activities for the district’s newly-designated "Day of Service and Love." Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie requested lessons about peace and love.

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

When Annabel Claprood walks into a room, the first thing she does is look for a place to hide.

The 17-year-old has practiced moving quickly from the driver’s seat of her car to the back, so she can’t be easily seen through the windows.

Her mother, Elyse Claprood, uses her cell phone to closely track her daughter’s location, feeling relief only when she confirms, yes, Annabel is at home. She’s at school. At the horse barn where she volunteers.

Robert Runcie Protest
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

About a dozen parents with signs and red banners gathered in front of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Monday evening to protest the leadership of Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie.

The protest took place while Rundie was holding a private meeting with parents of 10th-grade students at Stoneman Douglas. 

Courtesy of Suzette Calderon

The Palm Beach County school district is encouraging students to do one act of kindness every day leading up to the first anniversary of the school shooting in nearby Parkland.

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