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Convicted criminals working as teachers. Welcome to voucher schools in Florida

Scott Maxwell Orlando Sentinel -Opinion- April 25, 2018 Last year, the Orlando Sentinel exposed scandals, violations and gaffes galore at voucher schools in this state. There were teachers without degrees, schools caught falsifying safety reports, schools run by people accused of crimes....


If Manatee County pays for more school security, taxes may go up

By Hannah Morse and Giuseppe Sabella Bradenton Herald April 25, 2018 Concerned that Manatee County will lose $9.5 million in revenue if a homestead exemption increase on the November ballot passes, County Administrator Ed Hunzeker is predicting the county may not be able to afford....


Lawmakers swapping deals toward Special Session on gambling

Jim Rosica Florida Politics April 24, 2018 Lawmakers have moved from informal talks to exchanging offers toward a Special Session on gambling, sources said late Monday.....


School district’s police department begins to take shape

Elizabeth Djinis Herald Tribune April 20, 2018 District administrators outlined their next steps, but some wonder if four months is enough time. As school districts across Florida determine how to implement the new state law mandating increased campus security...


Teacher meets shooter in hall, talks with him till cop arrives

Joe Callahan Ocala Star Banner April 20, 2018 “I am no hero,” Kelly McManis-Panasuk said. “I was just a good listener, that’s all.” Kelly McManis-Panasuk was taking roll in her Forest High School homeroom....


Parkland parents say public officials need to be fired soon for failing their children

By Alex Daugherty Miam Herald April 20, 2018 Fred Guttenberg, the Parkland parent who confronted Marco Rubio on national television about the senator’s opposition to an assault weapons ban....


Final ruling on education law explains school districts’ legal loss

DANIEL DUCASSI Politico Florida 04/20/2018 The final ruling in the biggest legal challenge to a contentious new education law lays out exactly why Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper sided against more than a dozen school districts....


JUDGE REJECTS CHALLENGE TO CONTROVERSIAL SCHOOL LAW

News Service of Florida April 20, 2018 TALLAHASSEE --- Rejecting arguments of school boards across the state, a Leon County circuit judge this week formally rejected a challenge to a controversial 2017 law that included a series of moves to boost charter schools....


Most Still Favor Stricter Gun Laws, But It’s Fading As A 2018 Voting Issue

Jessica Taylor NPR April 19, 2018 The gun issue is beginning to wane in voters' minds ahead of the November midterm elections, a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds.....


COLLEGES WARY OF DUAL-ENROLLMENT CHANGE

News Service of Florida April 20, 2018 TALLAHASSEE --- State colleges could face higher costs after a new law revamped the dual-enrollment program for students at private high schools who take courses at public colleges and universities.


Walton memo recommends charter advocates do more to persuade Democrats and appease unions

By Matt Barnum Chalkbeat April 19, 2018 Charter advocates in Massachusetts need to better galvanize charter teachers and do more to convince Democrats if they want to win future fights, recommends a memo commissioned by the Walton Education Coalition...


A majority of U.S. teens fear a shooting could happen at their school, and most parents share their

By Nikki Graf Pew Research April 19, 2018 a majority of American teens say they are very or somewhat worried about the possibility of a shooting happening at their school – and most parents of teens share that concern, according to new Pew Research Center surveys of teens ages 13 to 17 and parents....


Students and parents vent anger during Broward school security forum

Scott Travis Sun-Sentinel April 19, 2018 Two months after a massacre in Parkland made security the top focus in Broward County schools, many parents and students say the school district is doing too little to ensure safety.


Democratic candidates for Florida governor square off in debate

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida April 18, 2018 TALLAHASSEE — Three of the four Democrats vying to replace Rick Scott as governor of the third-largest state in the nation get their news first from The New York Times....


Parkland parents urge steps to improve school safety

AP News April 19, 2018 WASHINGTON (AP) — Parents of students who died in the Parkland, Florida, school shooting are calling for a range of steps to prevent gun violence, including measures to “harden” schools to minimize attacks and to identify potential shooters before.....


 

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