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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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Child Baker Act Cases Continue to Climb in Florida

Florida has once again broken the records for the number of people mentally evaluated, involuntarily, under the state’s Baker Act. In May, investigative reporter Karla Ray first exposed that child Baker Act cases have more than doubled…
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Volunteers Needed: Prosecution Alternative for Youth (PAY)

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Prosecution Alternative for Youth (PAY), a 90-day pre-trial diversion program for first-time juvenile offenders, is currently in need of additional Volunteer Hearing Officers to assist in Teen Court or with our Juvenile Alternative…
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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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Florida Law Requiring Students to Inform School Districts on Mental Health History is Problematic - The Orlando Sentinel

Has student ever been referred to mental health services? This is quite possibly the most loaded question any parent has been forced to answer on a school registration form. It’s also the most loaded question school districts have been…
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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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LWV May Hot Topic: Prosecution Alternatives for Youth - May 24, 11:00 AM

Learn about Seminole County's PAY (Prosecution Alternatives for Youth) Program, a diversion program for juvenile offenders which both holds them accountable for their delinquent behavior and gives them a chance to avoid prosecution in Juvenile…
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Intersection: First Tri-County Homeless Youth Count

As of last October, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties had 268 unaccompanied homeless youth aged 13 to 24. Read more and listen.
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Central Florida's Homeless Students Top 14,000 - The Orlando Sentinel

A new study has found that there are nearly 15,000 homeless students in Central Florida, which includes Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Lake Counties. Read more and watch.
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DEADLINE: Seminole County Sheriff's Office Applications for Youth Academy

This exciting and interactive week-long Academy is designed to educate youth in our community about current safety challenges, and provide them with an inside look at the programs, training, and technology used by the Seminole County Sheriff’s…