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When students are believed to be a danger to themselves or others, they're sometimes restrained in school, or isolated in a separate room. These practices, known as restraint and seclusion, are supposed to be a last resort, and they disproportionately affect boys and students with disabilities or special needs.

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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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The students at Easter Seals Culinary Arts High School in Miami start their day in the kitchen at nine in the morning. They prepare and serve about 200 meals for the other children in the building, ages ranging from a few months to 22 years old.

 

“I like eggs, they can be very versatile, you can make a bunch of different type of eggs,” said 15-year-old Sebastian, student and chef assistant at the culinary arts high school.

 

 

 

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Florida International University hopes to soon join the state's top tier of public colleges, working toward a formal status of "preeminent" that has come with millions of additional dollars from the state in recent years.

An appointed board that oversees public universities in Florida is expected to designate FIU an "emerging preeminent" school during a three-day meeting in Tampa this week. The State University System Board of Governors' strategic planning committee approved the label on Wednesday morning, and the full board will consider it on Thursday afternoon.

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Billie Carpenter has this tradition on the last day of school:Her current students write letters to next year’s students offering advice on their teacher.

“Don’t ask her to repeat herself, listen the first time!” a student wrote in 2008. “All I’m suggesting is you will love it when you’re sitting in this seat and have Ms. Carpenter.”

Carpenter’s fifth-graders at Miami Shores Elementary won’t be doing that Thursday, the last day of school for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, because they don’t know who will teach next year’s class.

Districts Could Be Called Out On School Safety

Jun 6, 2019

After a state commission found out Wednesday that nearly 200 schools --- including many charter schools --- have not had armed security as required by state law, commissioners urged the Florida Department of Education to “name names and name people” to try to force compliance. 

Every time Jennifer Tidd's son was secluded or restrained at school, she received a letter from his teachers. Her son has autism and behavioral issues, and over three years — from 2013 to 2016 — Tidd got 437 of those letters.

"I see this pile of documents that's 5 inches tall that represents hundreds of hours of being locked into a room, and I feel, you know, horrible," Tidd says.

She's sitting in her living room in Northern Virginia, her head hanging over the stack of papers. Tears are in her eyes.

Mark Bowen / Scripps National Spelling Bee

Simone Kaplan of Davie finished ninth in the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday night, eliminated to the audible gasps of the gallery as she misspelled tettigoniid, an insect of the family Tettigoniidae.

The 13-year-old Kaplan, who finished 10th in last year’s competition, became a fan favorite for her bee-themed attire and how she would define the words assigned to her.

Fifty spellers began Thursday’s final rounds in Washington, D.C., with 16 reaching the primetime conclusion on ESPN.

School ‘Guardian’ Program Grows

May 31, 2019

An executive order signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis in February helped increase the number of counties participating in a controversial “guardian” program that allows school staff members to be armed on campus, Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said Thursday. 

Greg Lovett / Palm Beach Post

At one Renaissance campus more than a third of teachers had no state certification, The Palm Beach Post found.

Renaissance Charter Schools grew into Palm Beach County’s largest charter school chain with seven years of promises about cutting-edge classrooms and innovative teaching.

But as the schools market themselves to parents with personalized lessons and extended school days, their classrooms are staffed with an extraordinary number of temporary and uncertified teachers, a Palm Beach Post investigation found.

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN News

Miami Dade College’s board of trustees voted down a proposal to significantly lower the required job qualifications for the institution’s next president, facing pressure from a rowdy crowd of faculty members who booed and applauded throughout Thursday morning’s meeting.

Florida Lawmakers Are Schooled On Student Safety In Israel

May 29, 2019
C.M. GUERRERO / Miami Herald

Randy Fine and Lauren Book may be on opposite ends of the political spectrum but they found some common ground in Israel on school safety issues.

Fine, a Republican from Melbourne Beach, and Book, a Democrat from Plantation, met with the retired head of the North Jerusalem Police Department and visited the A.D. Gordon public school in Tel Aviv this week on their trip.

Robert Smith encouraged graduates to "pay it forward" in his commencement speech Sunday at Morehouse College.
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The director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says the Trump administration's Education Department is getting in the way of efforts to police the student loan industry. The revelation, in a letter obtained by NPR, comes at the same time that lawsuits allege that widespread wrongdoing by student loan companies is costing some borrowers thousands of dollars.

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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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