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Florida Private Schools Team Up To Create A School Emergency Plan

Private schools in Florida are coming together to share their resources in case of a school emergency. Dana Markham is the president of Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale. She says private, independent schools don’t have a support network the way public schools do. Public middle and high schools, for example, share School Resource Officers […]

Lawmakers To Consider Added Security Measures At Florida Universities

A mom desperate for better security at her daughter’s elementary school is paying a deputy to patrol the school in Flagler Beach for at least the next two months. School safety and security is at the top of the priority list for Florida lawmakers during the legislative session that begins in March. Lawmakers are already […]

Bennett Wants An “Intense Discussion” About Arming Florida Teachers

Incoming Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett used to be a teacher himself. And when StateImpact Florida asked him what he thinks about a growing conversation to arm public school teachers, he spoke as a former teacher. “I’m not going to speak as the education commissioner, I’m going to speak as a former science teacher who […]

Additional Florida School Security Could Cost $100 Million

Two Florida Senate committees will discuss ideas to improve school safety and security in Tallahassee this week. It’s an issue that is suddenly considered a priority for lawmakers. Districts have been reviewing their security procedures since 26 people were killed – most of them students – inside Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. last […]

Florida School Board Leader Supports More School Security, Opposes Arming Teachers

Reinforced entry gates. School resource officers in elementary schools. Teachers with guns. Politicians, pundits and school officials have tossed around ideas how to beef up security since the horrific school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut last month. The Florida Legislature will be asked to increase security funding for school districts when it convenes in March. Dr. […]

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