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In Florida, Your Kid’s Chance of Arrest at School Depends on Where You Live

After a student was caught cutting class at Seminole High School’s ninth grade center in April 2019, a trio of Sanford police officers told the girl to get in a golf cart so she could be taken back to campus. She refused. “I’m…
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Meadow Woods Middle Resource Deputy Disciplined for Kissing Student on Cheek

A former Meadow Woods Middle School resource deputy was suspended last year after an investigation found he kissed a female student on the cheek and repeatedly allowed another girl to skip classes so the two of them could talk, records…
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Orange County Juvenile Justice Arrests Plummet

Orange County saw a dramatic drop in juvenile arrests in the past year and particularly in felony arrests of juveniles, following reforms pushed by State Attorney Aramis Ayala and implemented by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and other…
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League of Women Voters to Host Public Forum on Florida's School Guardian Program

Next week, the League of Women Voters of Seminole County will be hosting a public forum on Florida's School Guardian Program. Speakers include: Walt Griffin, Superintendent of Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS). Angie Gallo, Florida…

Central Florida Charter Schools Struggle to Pay for On-Campus Officers Required by New Law

Two Winter Garden charter schools planned to buy new computers this year, giving every student on their shared campus one to use. But when Crystal Yoakum, the CEO of the two affiliated schools, got a look at the numbers, she knew that dream…
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Commentary: Nurses in Schools Make Good - The Orlando Sentinel

The Tampa Bay Times wrote an editorial about a year ago saying that Pinellas County was smart to invest in more school nurses. This is a timely issue for Orange County too. It is now the ninth-largest U.S. school district, exploding with growth.…
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Orange County Approves Funding for 75 School Resource Officers - WMFE

The Orange County Commission approved funds to hire 75 new Sheriff’s deputies to be used as school resource officers. Read more.   Image courtesy of the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
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Early Start Times for High School: Orange Candidates Say It's Time for Change - The Orlando Sentinel

When it comes to listening, members of the Orange County School Board can be less responsive than a corpse. Especially on starting times for high schools. For years, parents have told school officials the same thing experts have — that…
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Free Back-to-School Physicals are Available in Orange and Seminole Counties - The Orlando Sentinel

Free back-to-school physicals for uninsured children are available starting July 24 at Shepherd’s Hope locations in Orange and Seminole counties. Read more.
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Study: New Rule Should Mean More Florida Kids in Diversion Programs - The Tampa Bay Times

The Caruthers Institute release its newest study on the use of juvenile civil citations in Florida. Key findings include: Utilization continues to increase but more slowly than in previous years. Counties that saw substantial increased…
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Education Desk: When Students Find Themselves Homeless - WMFE

Christina Savino, Senior Administrator of Homeless and Migrant Services for  Orange County Public Schools (OCPS), discusses how the county assists homeless students. Read more and listen.
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REVIEW: Young & Arrested

By Sarah Krantz, Esq. Last week, WMFE’s Renata Sago premiered Young & Arrested, her five-part series on Orange County’s high rate of juvenile arrests. The series’ five stories are told through the eyes of three African-American…