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MIAMI HERALD file

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.

Associated Press

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:

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

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.

Sophia Cai / WLRN News

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.

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.

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.

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.

Charles Trainor Jr. / Miami Herald

Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie abruptly canceled a meeting with Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School parents over concerns that the event might draw protesters.

The forum — organized by Stoneman Douglas parent groups and billed as a question-and-answer session with Runcie and other district leaders — was planned for Thursday night in the Parkland school's auditorium.

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

Broward County schools' superintendent Robert Runcie outlined plans on Thursday to quickly implement some of the key safety recommendations from the state commission tasked with investigating the Parkland shooting, amid criticism from the panel's members, victims' families, and even the new Republican governor.

Associated Press

The newest member of the powerful state board that regulates education in Florida is singularly focused on ousting the superintendent of the state's second-largest school district.

Carl Juste / Miami Herald

The Broward County school board  approved on Tuesday a new agreement that gives the sheriff's office access to school security cameras during emergencies.

It's a move that members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission have argued is long overdue. Delays and confusion over the camera system at Stoneman Douglas slowed down the police response to last year's deadly shooting there.

Carl Juste / Miami Herald

The Broward County school district and sheriff's office expect to have an agreement by early next year that would allow law enforcement officers access to live surveillance footage in schools in case of an emergency.

Daniel Varela / Miami Herald

More people could still lose their jobs or face other consequences as a result of their actions before, during and after the Feb. 14 shooting at a Parkland high school, according to the sheriff who chairs a state commission investigating what went wrong.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission is preparing to release a report to the governor and Legislature by Jan. 1, and it's likely to include more detail about mistakes made by individuals leading up to the shooting that left 17 people dead, as well as during the slow, chaotic response.

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

Two Broward County leaders who have been criticized for their handling of the Feb. 14 shooting at a Parkland high school displayed a stark contrast in attitude as they were questioned on Thursday by a state investigative commission that includes parents of slain students.

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