Superintendent Robert Runcie

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Two high-level Broward school district administrators received raises Wednesday, despite the objections from the teachers union and three School Board members who considered it tone-deaf.

Maurice Woods, chief strategy and operations officer, received a $6,000 raise Wednesday, bringing his salary up to $202,850. Valerie Wanza, chief of school performance and accountability, received a $5,500 raise, boosting her pay to $191,232.

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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.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission
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This story was updated at 3:48 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15.

Confusion and disorganization continue to surround 29 charter schools in Broward County, over what plans they have in place for security beyond this first week of school. 

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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.

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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.

Broward Superintendent Introduces New Security Chief

Mar 8, 2019
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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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More than 1,000 people from across Broward County showed up at J.P. Taravella High School in Coral Springs Monday night for a district-wide town hall about school security. 

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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.

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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.

Robert Runcie Protest
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About a dozen parents with signs and red banners gathered in front of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Monday evening to protest the leadership of Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie.

The protest took place while Runcie was holding a private meeting with parents of 10th-grade students at Stoneman Douglas. 

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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.

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Families of the students killed during the Parkland school shooting say Broward County Public Schools needs new leadership, citing the school district's "incompetence" and failed policy response to the massacre in February. 

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Broward County is almost done training its first group of armed school safety officers, called Guardians, in time for the first day of school on Aug. 15.