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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jeff Greene entered the race barely three months before the primary. Now, the billionaire real estate titan is coming out strong on education. In a recent interview with WFSU’s Ryan Dailey, Greene called for two years of public pre-Kindergarten and talked charter schools among other topics.

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Leon County Schools

Killearn Lakes Elementary School is being awarded by the Florida Department of Education for one of its programs aimed at bolstering family involvement. The school is one of nine the state recognized for their efforts.

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Free college tuition was one rally cry of the Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign. It drew accusations from the Vermont Senator’s critics that he’s a radical, and ardent backing from his supporters. But in Florida, at a recent Democrat Gubernatorial candidate forum, the idea had majority candidate support.

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Gadsden County is asking adults 80 years and older to come forward and share stories about their life for an oral history project.

Tallahassee resident Darryl Jones files for Leon County School Board. He's challenging incumbent Maggie Lewis-Butler.
Darryl Jones

The longest-serving member of the Leon County School Board is facing a challenge from well-known political insider. Leon County’s Darryl Jones is jumping into the race.

Florida State University

A Florida State University Professor has brought together three of the school’s colleges to participate in a unique course covering the State’s ongoing legal battle over felons’ voting rights. At a recent class, Leon County’s Sherriff shared insight into how he, his peers and the formerly incarcerated view the issue.

The commission charged with improving school safety is looking into the effectiveness of school resource officers—a school’s main line of defense that critics say failed students at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School amid a Valentine’s Day shooting. Seventeen students died, more than a dozen others were injured.

Students listen to a teacher in a classroom
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The Education Estimating Conference takes a detailed look at factors that will influence enrollment, for better or worse, in Florida’s public schools. At its most recent meeting, the committee found the state’s scholarship programs will have the biggest impact.

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The Florida Education Association, a statewide teachers union, has revived its practice of issuing legislative report cards. It scores lawmakers on their votes regarding the organization’s key issues, and for the period of 2017-18, the union failed the majority of Republicans.

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The president of Gadsden County’s teachers union is taking issue with one district school’s practice of booting new and veteran teachers. He says even the county’s Teacher of the Year did not have her contract renewed.

Someone at the March 24th Rally at the Capitol holds a sign, saying 'This teacher will not carry a gun.'
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Two months after it passed the state legislature, Florida’s latest gun reform law is still under scrutiny from gun control and pro-gun advocates alike.

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The Leon County school district is calling a video circulating on social media of a Chiles High School student, “disgusting” and condemning the post.

Governor Claude Kirk standing with his mother on inauguration day: Tallahassee, Florida (January 3, 1967)
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Teachers in several states have gone on strike in recent months, protesting for better pay and working conditions. But that’s not the case in Florida, and likely will never be. Still, once upon a time, Florida led the first teacher strike in the United States. 

Florida State University

The President’s Advisory Panel on University Namings and Recognitions at Florida State University has recommended removing its Francis Eppes statue. This comes after two years of protests by the Tallahassee Students for a Democratic Society. Maddie Hendrick, treasurer of SDS, says the group first raised the issue during a campaign to increase black enrollment at the University.

Longtime Florida A&M University Business professor Clyde Ashley has died. He was found dead in his office Wednesday afternoon.

Leon County Schools

Leon County Schools says a handful of middle school students participated in a national school walkout Wednesday, this time in support of the Second Amendment. The district treated the walkout in the same manner as those held last week to call for more stringent gun laws.

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The Florida Supreme Court will take up a long running lawsuit over public school funding. The lawsuit began in 2009 and has made its way through the courts, spanned two governors, multiple education commissioners, and three house and senate leaders.

Florida State University

Florida State University is mulling the idea of buying two parcels of land from Leon County Schools. The university has a 60-day period of exclusivity as the sole bidder on one of them.

Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie speaking to a reporter at a mental health summit he hosted.
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Last week, Florida's 67 district school superintendents held a mental health summit to address what they'd already considered a crisis before the Parkland tragedy. Led by Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie, the summit drew lawmakers, behavioral health providers and state agency heads to Orlando for what many called an unprecedented gathering.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri speaking to members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, which he chairs. It had its first meeting Tuesday.
Florida Channel

Between a Medal of Heroism ceremony honoring a school resource officer and a commission convened to investigate the failings that led up to a Valentine’s Day massacre, mass school shootings still took center stage in Florida this week.

(from right to left) Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods, Deputy Jimmy Long, Long's wife, and Gov. Rick Scott, following SRO Long's Medal Of Heroism presentation.
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Governor Rick Scott has awarded the Medal of Heroism to the school resource officer credited with taking quick action to help prevent another mass school shooting last week.

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The Leon County School Board has denied two charter schools from being able to open in the district for the 2019 school year. An appeal of the board’s decision will now head to the state level.

Leon County Schools

The Leon County school board votes Tuesday on whether two new charter schools can open in the district. An emotional debate from the last school board meeting two weeks ago is likely to continue.

A girl holds up a sign that says "I should not need a bulletproof backpack," during last month's March For Our Lives Rally
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A commission tasked with looking into the failings that led up to the mass school shooting in Parkland will have its first meeting Tuesday.

A student was shot at Forest High School in Marion County and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries. The suspect is in custody. The wounded student, a 17-year-old boy, was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening injury to his ankle.

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