Broward School District

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W. George Allen, a hugely influential figure in Broward history and its black community, has died, his family confirmed Thursday. He was 83.

In 1962, Allen became the first African-American to graduate from the University of Florida. He once said: “I was admitted to Harvard and the University of California at Berkeley, but I’m a native Floridian, and I felt that somebody had to integrate the University of Florida. The racists told me I didn’t belong there and I’d never graduate.”

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One of the three assistant principals who were reassigned as a demonstration of accountability after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has been cleared of wrongdoing by a school district investigation.

Assistant Principal Winfred Porter Jr., along with other colleagues, was reassigned a year ago to a district office. The move came shortly after Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie promised disciplinary action tied to the district’s perceived failure to penalize anyone but a few low-level employees.

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The Broward School District may close or combine some of its under-enrolled schools, as it continues to fight an exodus of students to charter schools.

Several schools situated next to each other may become one school. The district may use the best facilities from each of the schools, such as a library or science lab, while demolishing outdated buildings. Or it’s possible some campuses could close entirely.

The district may also create new academic programs for the combined schools or expand ones already available at one of them.

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Two Broward teachers are banned from teaching in Florida schools for the near future after one was accused of forcefully grabbing an 11-year-old boy’s neck and another was accused of dropping a 4-year-old two feet to the ground.

Samuel Parrondo, 44, was fired from his $49,000-a-year job teaching special needs students at Olsen Middle in Dania Beach on Sept. 4 for an altercation with a student that happened in 2016.

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Only 11 of Florida’s 67 county school districts have given classroom teachers the option of carrying guns on campus this school year, according to the latest data collected by the Florida Department of Education.

Armed teachers have been shunned by the state’s largest urban school districts, including Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Orange counties.

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Principal Ty Thompson is under investigation but will remain at the school while his duties are reassigned to other administrators, teachers learned in an impromptu meeting held at the school Thursday.

Broward Superintendent Introduces New Security Chief

Mar 8, 2019
Leslie Ovalle / WLRN

Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie introduced the district's new security chief, Brian Katz, who was hired following recommendations from The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission.

"As father of a child who has been in the Broward School District for 10 years, as volunteer in those schools and as a security professional, I understand the gravity of being the first person to hold this critical role," said Katz.   

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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.

Katie Lepri / WLRN News

Hours before the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Governor Ron DeSantis ordered an audit of discipline programs across Florida schools and announced he has requested the Florida Supreme Court to create a statewide grand jury panel to look into the shooting and actions that could have prevented it.

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.

Broward Schools Give Big Raises To Administrators

Sep 28, 2018
Joe Rimkus Jr. / Miami Herald

The Broward County School District gave 11 district administrators big raises last school year, and then warned the public it was short on money.

The raises ranged from 7 percent to 21 percent, well above the 2.2 percent increases approved for most district employees. None of the 11 employees received promotions but continued to work in their same jobs. District officials said the raises were given to ensure employees received competitive pay so they would stay in the district.

The employees include:

Emily Michot / Miami Herald

A race for a seat on Broward County’s school board lasted a few days beyond the primary election.

 

Over the weekend, there was a recount for the race pitting incumbent Donna Korn against Ryan Petty, whose daughter Alaina was killed in the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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A Broward Circuit Judge was unsympathetic to the South Florida Sun Sentinel during a hearing Wednesday over the newspaper's decision to publish legally obtained information about the Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nicolas Cruz's educational record. 

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Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Nearly a week after Marjory Stoneman Douglas parents gathered to criticize the Broward County School Board and its leadership, state and county leaders gathered to show support for Superintendent Robert Runcie.

Charles Trainor Jr.

Broward County is taking a closer look at how schools address punishment amid criticism that its controversial PROMISE program encouraged a culture of lax discipline throughout the district.

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