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(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.

Florida State University

Florida college students can take extra classes without having to worry about excess credit surcharges under a law signed by Gov. Rick Scott.

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Are black students getting a voice in the gun violence debate, after the mass shooting that left 17 people dead in Parkland?

Leon County Schools

As Leon County Commissioners consider creating a new tax aimed at supporting local youth, the question of how that money would be spent is growing. A lot of organizations have ideas. Leaders in the Leon County school system say they’d like to see that money help ensure kids are ready to start school.

Leon County Schoolboard member Rosanne Wood says the program has proven successful in other communities.

“They’ve had great success in the six counties that have done it. They’ve brought down infant mortality. They have increased their pre-k enrollment,” Wood says.

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A data breach of Florida Virtual School put tens of thousands of Leon County school teachers and students’ personal information at risk.

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Florida prisoners will have new education opportunities under a law signed by Gov. Rick Scott. 

Somerset Academy Inc., is one of new “Schools of Hope” operators in Florida. A law approved last year allows additional state funding and exemptions to charter schools that open near failing public ones.

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The Leon County School district will put its long-talked about community school at Sabal Palm Elementary. Superintendent Rocky Hanna says it’s the natural location since Florida State University is putting a medical lab nearby.

FSU Men's Basketball coach Leonard Hamilton talks to players (2/21/18).
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After an impressive run in the NCAA Tournament, The Florida State Seminoles men’s basketball team will not be heading to the Final Four in San Antonio, Texas.

FSU's Men's Basketball team is in the Elite 8, the furthest it's gone since 1993.
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Florida State University Men’s Basketball team has become one of the break-out stories in this year’s "March Madness" NCAA Division 1 Basketball Tournament. The team is heading to the Elite Eight regional finals.

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Term limits for a policy-making body would bring in fresh blood, say supporters of a proposal to cap school board members’ terms at eight years. The proposal is moving forward in the Constitution Revision Commission.

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Gov. Rick Scott has signed the $88.7 billion state budget, and stakeholders in education are crying foul.  Superintendents, teachers unions and gubernatorial candidates fear cuts to K-12 programs. Now, they’re condemning Scott after calls for a veto and special session went unheeded.

Superintendents from around the state are petitioning Gov. Rick Scott to hold a special session to address what they feel is a paltry increase to K-12 schools’ per-student funding.

The Florida attorney who was instrumental in crafting the state’s current hazing law more than a decade ago now has his sights set on making hazing deaths punishable as a felony in all 50 states.

Florida A&M University's Lee Hall
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It was a disappointing legislative session for Florida A&M University. The school lost out on its top building priorities, but lawmakers did give it a few million more in operational funds.

Gov. Rick Scott (center) with House Speaker Richard Corcoran (left) and Senate President Joe Negron (right) after signing 2018's House Bill 7055 and Senate Bill 4.   3/11/18
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Governor Rick Scott has signed two education bills making changes to teachers unions, public colleges and universities. The proposals were among the top priorities for Senate President Joe Negron and House Speaker Richard Corcoran.

Hartsfield Elementary School
Leon County Schools

Three North Florida school districts will get new schools courtesy of the Florida legislature. Jackson, Taylor and Liberty County are in line for millions of dollars.

Some Madison County schools were placed on lockdown Wednesday after a shooting that occurred at a residence.

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The Florida House has now teed up gun safety legislation for a vote, in response to last month’s mass shooting at a South Florida high school. They agreed Tuesday to take up the Senate version of the bill that narrowly passed Monday. While language was stripped from that bill to exclude most classroom teachers, opponents argue the “compromise” could still arm school staff, like coaches.

Tallahassee Community College

The Florida Legislature has passed sweeping higher education changes. The measures would permanently increase funding to the Bright Futures Scholarship, eliminate free speech zones and address university performance-based funding.

Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee
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Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, broke with his party Monday in voting for a controversial education bill that could, among other things, hurt teachers unions.  Montford argues the good in the bill outweighs the bad.

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