Broward School Board

Taimy Alvarez / South Florida Sun Sentinel

Broward teachers and other school employees may soon get no more second chances if they sexually harass students.

Any employees investigated for this behavior would be removed from the classroom immediately, and if an investigation substantiates the claims, they would be fired, under a proposed policy change School Board members called for Tuesday.

The request comes after at least two employees were allowed to keep their jobs, even though investigations found their behavior with students inappropriate.

School Board Members Face Over $3,500 In Salary Cuts

Sep 18, 2019
Carline Jean / South Florida Sun Sentinel

The job of School Board member has now become less lucrative in some South Florida counties.

Broward School Board members will have their salaries reduced by $3,500; in Palm Beach County it’ll be $3,700, due to a change in state law, which says School Board members can’t be paid more than first-year teachers.

That means School Board members are now being paid $41,233 in Broward and $41,000 in Palm Beach, down from $44,749 in both counties. Miami-Dade salaries for this year are $44,892, which are lower than beginning teacher salaries of $46,125, a spokeswoman said.

Wilfredo Lee / AP

The widow of a slain athletic director is running for the Broward School Board, becoming the third family member of a Parkland victim in the past year to seek the political office.

Debbi Hixon, a 31-year educator whose husband, Chris Hixon, was murdered during last year’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, has filed to run in the August 2020 race. She’s the highest profile in a crowded field of candidates hoping to replace longtime School Board member Robin Bartleman, who is stepping down to run for a seat on the state Legislature.

Amy Beth Bennett / Sun Sentinel

Broward School Board members could try to fire the superintendent no more than twice a year under a proposal scheduled to be discussed Tuesday.

The policy, drafted by district staff, refers to all requests made directly by School Board members instead of the superintendent, reports the Sun Sentinel.

Lindsay Brown / Sun Sentinel

The Broward School Board said no to a light punishment for a teacher accused of giving frequent unwanted hugs to students, with one member saying she’d support termination.

Courtesy of the Sun Sentinel

A judge has dismissed a Florida school board's request that a newspaper and two reporters be held in contempt for publishing information about the former student charged with last year's campus massacre.

Judge Elizabeth Scherer on Monday dismissed the Broward County School Board's request that she find the South Florida Sun Sentinel in contempt for publishing redacted material from an August report about Nikolas Cruz's educational background. The district argued the material was redacted to protect his privacy.

Sun Sentinel

Broward sheriff’s deputies pepper-sprayed, tackled and punched teens while responding to an after-school call near J.P. Taravella High School on Thursday afternoon, video shot by a student shows.

The footage shows at least two deputies take a boy down, bang his forehead into the pavement and repeatedly punch him in the head.

Associated Press

Lawyers representing the families of students and staff killed or injured in last year's mass school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland began filing 20 lawsuits on Wednesday against defendants including: the Broward County School Board, the Broward County Sheriff's Office (BSO), Broward County Sheriff's officer Scot Peterson, MSD campus monitor Andrew Medina and Henderson Behavioral Health Inc. of Florida.

The shared complaint, at least of the first 10 suits filed, is negligence:

Emily Michot / Miami Herald

The Broward County school board rejected a proposal from its newest member to fire Superintendent Robert Runcie, voting 6-3 against ending his contract after community members spoke for four hours in overwhelming support of his leadership.

Tom Hudson / WLRN Public Media

A year after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, Robert Runcie says he wants to make Broward County Public Schools the safest in the nation.

Tom Hudson / WLRN News

Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said he wants schools in his county to be the safest in the nation.

His pledge comes one year after 17 students and staff members were murdered, and another 17 were injured, during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

John McCall / Sun Sentinel

Confronted with the possibility of opening a meeting to the public, Broward County schools found another way Monday to keep a wrap on details about February’s mass killing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The school district decided it was better to keep School Board members out of a meeting with Parkland parents rather to allow the public in.

Leslie Ovalle / WLRN News

Gov. Ron DeSantis sent some Broward School Board members into shock Wednesday after saying they might be held accountable over the Parkland shooting.

He did not reveal who might be held accountable but said he hopes to make a decision in the next few weeks.

DeSantis said he does not think he has the authority to suspend beleaguered Superintendent Robert Runcie, who was appointed by the School Board. But he is exploring what action he can take against School Board members.