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The Broward Sheriff Office has arrested a third teen in the matter of days for making threats to a school.

Late Monday night, the department said a 16-year-old boy was responsible for threatening violence at Cypress Bay High School in Weston Friday and Monday.

On Friday, the Weston high school was placed on lockdown after “employees received texts and emails warning there would be a shooting at the school,” BSO said in a news release.

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Broward County educators, lawyers and residents are pushing back against criticism of Broward public schools’ PROMISE program, saying it’s vital to keeping youth out of the criminal justice system for minor offenses.

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On a school night, Nicolas Ayala's curfew is usually 9:30 or 10 p.m.

"But on Halloween, it's different," he said.

Ayala, 17, is a junior at Ronald Reagan Senior High School in Doral. On Oct. 31, he usually stays out until 1 or 2 a.m., trick-or-treating and hanging out with his friends.

When Halloween falls during the week, that means a tough next day at school.

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UPDATED: Education Reform Now has acknowledged its report was inaccurate and has reissued the report with an apology. Read more here.

South Florida schools with mostly white students are better funded than those with mostly black and Latino students, according to a new report from a national education reform advocacy organization.

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After a former student killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year, Florida public school children are being watched more closely.

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Like most South Floridians, school district officials here were closely watching Hurricane Dorian as it approached the state.

In anticipation of the storm’s potential impacts, public schools were closed throughout the region on Tuesday, and, in Palm Beach County, on Wednesday, as well.

There are a variety of factors that local leaders consider before closing schools and reopening them.

WLRN education reporter Jessica Bakeman discussed that decision making process with Broward County superintendent Robert Runcie. Here’s an excerpt of their conversation:

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Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said the district has experience helping people displaced by natural disasters and is prepared to do it again for Hurricane Dorian survivors.

The Broward school district took in more than 1,000 students after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and 1,500 after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands two years ago, Runcie said during a news conference  in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday morning.

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Updated at 5:00 p.m. to include additional closures.

Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County public schools will be closed Tuesday as Hurricane Dorian threatens parts of South Florida. 

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Dozens of Broward teachers gathered Wednesday to push for higher wages and voice their opposition to for-profit charter schools, high-stakes testing and armed teachers, which they say are hurting public education. 

The demonstration, called by the Broward Teachers Union, was held outside Broward College prior to the Florida Board of Education meeting in Fort Lauderdale. The six-person appointed board meets monthly to vote on policy proposals and hear recommendations. 

Broward County is the second largest public school district in Florida by enrollment.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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