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Florida schools struggle to meet security rule

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A deputy from the Hernando County Sheriff's department talks to students during at Brooksville Elementary School earlier this year.

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Florida schools struggle to meet security rule

| 8/8/2018

Florida schools struggle to meet security rule

Florida reacted to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre by becoming the first state to require police or armed guards at all public schools. An Associated Press survey of Florida’s 67 school districts found while all campuses will be covered, many districts are having difficulty funding the program and finding enough applicants. About a third are supplementing officers with armed civilian security guards, including school staff members. More from the AP and WMNF.

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Florida college students enrolling for fall classes get boost from Bright Futures changes

Florida "medallion scholars" will be among the biggest beneficiaries this academic year of the state's efforts to expand financial aid for university and state college students. As students enroll for their fall classes this month, the projected 46,000 medallion scholars will have their Bright Futures scholarships increased to cover 75 percent of tuition and fees. [Source: WLRN]

It’s framer vs. framer in Florida’s education equity lawsuit

The importance of Florida's long-running education equity suit, Citizens for Strong Schools v. Florida Board of Education, continues to become more apparent as a spate of heavy hitters join in the battle that's headed to the state Supreme Court. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

Florida locals taxing themselves to cover shortfalls from state cuts in education

More than 15 counties in Florida have referendums on ballots either this month or in November to raise local taxes. The overwhelming majority are for school districts in need of more capital or operating expenses. [Source: Florida Phoenix]

USF checks another big box: a Phi Beta Kappa chapter

The University of South Florida has notched another achievement on its way to national recognition. The school on Friday was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the prestigious national honor society. See the Phi Beta Kappa press release here. Also read more at the Tampa Bay Times.

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