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DeVos to Rescind Obama-Era Guidance on School Discipline

A federal commission led by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recommends rescinding Obama-era guidance intended to reduce racial discrimination in school discipline. And, DeVos says, it urges schools to "seriously consider partnering with…
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Sheriff Gualtieri Supports Armed Teachers to Stop School Shooters

The sheriff leading the state commission investigating Florida's high school massacre says he now believes trained, volunteer teachers should have access to guns so they can stop shooters who get past other safeguards. Pinellas County Sheriff…
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New in School: AI-Driven Gun Detection Systems - Undark

Several companies hope to use artificial intelligence to automatically detect guns before shooters get them into classrooms. Can it work? Read more.

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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School District Bungled Parkland Suspect's Request for Therapeutic Services: Report - FOX News

The suspect linked to a mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., was denied the therapeutic services needed for disabled students, according to a report released Friday. In the year leading up to the Feb. 14 rampage that left 17 people dead at Marjory…
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Less Than Zero Tolerance After Parkland, Sante Fe Shootings, Policies Meant to Protect Schools May Lead to Some Misguided Arrests - The Marshall Project

Nicolas, 12 and legally blind, was already having a rough week before he allegedly threatened to shoot up his classroom. The fifth-grader had a bathroom mishap while in class at the Memorial Elementary School in Houston. Another student announced…
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Broward’s PROMISE Program ‘Irrelevant’ to Nikolas Cruz’s Massacre, Commission Says - Herald-Mail Media

After multiple days of testimony, questioning and follow-up, the commission created to assess what led to the school shooting that left 17 dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High on Feb. 14 has ruled that shooter Nikolas Cruz’s involvement with…
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Stigmatizing Kids? New Law Forces Families to Disclose Student’s Mental Health Treatment - Florida Phoenix

Registering a student for public school involves submitting everything from proof of immunizations, health exams and birth certificates to details about gender, race, emergency contacts and more. But the newest registration requirement this…
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Making Schools Safer: Harsh Consequences, Or Second Chances? - NPR

"For the last 14 years I had been a stay at home mom and a soccer mom of three kids," says Lori Alhadeff. "On Valentine's Day my daughter was brutally shot down and murdered and I became a school safety activist." Read more.
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Stoneman Douglas Shooter Was Assigned To Controversial Broward Discipline Program, Officials Now Say - WLRN

Broward County's PROMISE Program has received backlash since leaked information has revealed that the Parkland school shooter was involved in the program when he was in middle school. Read more.  
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School Officer: A Job With Many Roles and One Big Responsibility - The New York Times

School resource officers are expected to fill multiple roles: counselor, teacher, and law enforcement officer. Read more.