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Following Florida's Gun Debate

Feb 23, 2018
Thousands gather at the Florida capitol (2/21/18) to push for legislative action in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fl on Valentine's Day.
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The tragic Parkland shooting is one of the most recent examples for a long running debate on gun control in this country. The spectrum of opinions can create either a stalemate or compromise, but at the moment a conversation is being had.

Since the Valentine's Day Shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fl, nearly 100 copycat threats have been logged.
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There have been nearly 100 threats leveled against schools in the wake of the Valentine's Day shooting at a South Florida High School. Many of those who issued the threats are teens and students themselves. Some have claimed they were just, "joking." Law enforcement officials say they take all threats seriously and many student have been arrested for them, some, are facing felony charges. But whether those charges will stick is another matter, and state prosecutors say there's no law on the books that bans threats against schools. The ones that are in place for general threats of violence, are in need of updates. Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney Jack Campbell says it comes down one question: Was the threat implicit, or explicit?

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100 Parkland students arrived at the Florida Capital Tuesday night. They were met by Tallahassee students, who want to join them in swaying state lawmakers to their gun control cause.

A key Florida Senate committee has stripped language from an omnibus education bill that threatened the survival of the state’s teachers unions. Critics of the plan say it’s unfair that only teachers were targeted.

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Educators from across Florida are aiming to make schools safer in the wake of last week’s Parkland shooting. The Florida Department of Education hosted a roundtable Thursday to prevent future school massacres.

 Students are evacuated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday, after a gunman opened fire and killed 17 people.
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In the wake of the deaths of 17 people from a shooting at a Broward High School, people are once again focusing on school safety. Administrators and elected officials alike are pushing for more funding to shore up infrastructure, but some are beginning to wonder if that’s enough.

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Governor Rick Scott is calling on the FBI Director to resign after the agency didn’t take action on information received about the 19-year-old who killed 17 people at a South Florida High School.

Gov. Rick Scott, Broward Superintendent Rob Runcie and Broward Sheriff Scott Israel discuss Parkland school shooting.
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In the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting that left 17 people dead, politicians on the state and national level are weighing in on what can be done legislatively.

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In the wake of the deadly shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglass High School in Broward County, Leon school officials are trying to reassure worried parents.

Lawmakers Debate University Performance Funding

Feb 13, 2018
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An education bill is sparking debate about how universities receive performance funding and lawmakers are facing an important decision about the future of the program.

WFSU News intern Shawn Mulcahy hard at work on a story for the nightly show, Capital Report. 2/13/18.
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Florida students who find themselves with excess credit hours might soon catch a tuition break. A move is underway to roll back a policy that could charge them double-tuition.

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While Florida lawmakers approved funding for the so-called Hope Scholarship program as part of the House budget proposal, bills creating the program are still making their way through the committee process.

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A bill would require the display of the state motto ‘In God We Trust’ in every Pre-kindergarten through 12th grade classroom in the state.  

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The Florida Senate has unanimously passed a bill that allows state lawmakers to visit schools in their district, on any day and any time. That currently only applies to school board members as well as members of a charter school governing board. And, right now, principals or superintendents have the option to refuse a lawmaker’s visit or limit the scope of the visit. So, under Sen. Dorothy Hukill’s (R-Port Orange) bill, legislators can give a “heads up” or make it a surprise visit.

A newly released 911 call captures the desperate scene as Florida State University fraternity members struggled to revive 20-year-old Andrew Coffey, who died of alcohol poisoning after attending a Pi Kappa Phi party in November.

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House Democrats are crying foul over a massive education bill they say would further erode the state’s public school system. 

Some 47,000 Florida students are being bullied or have been in some sort of violent situation—be it school fights, or harassment. And a priority of House Speaker Richard Corcoran is getting those kids some help.  A proposal allowing those kids to transfer to other public and private schools is making its way through the legislature but critics say it’s not a solution to the problem.

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Florida State University President John Thrasher is rolling back portions of a ban on Greek life after the hazing-related death of a student. Fraternities and sororities will now have to meet stricter rules to stay on campus.

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In the final part of our series on historically black colleges and universities, we take a look at the state’s Southern-most HBCU, Florida Memorial University

FAMU Board of Trustee Chairman Kelvin Lawson (left) sits with Interim FAMU President Larry Robinson (right) for the Florida Board of Governors confirmation hearing. 11/3/16
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Florida’s public university governing board has put its stamp of approval on Florida A&M University’s newest president. Larry Robinson was able to drop “interim” from his title in late November when the school’s trustees decided to name him to helm the school permanently.

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After being the only option for black students for decades, some historically black colleges and universities are struggling. Falling enrollment numbers and dwindling resources are challenging schools that want educate a diverse student body. In WFSU's series on Florida's HBCUs, here's a look at the status of Edward Waters College, the state’s oldest historically black college.

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The Florida House and Senate are already clashing over education—higher ed in particular. The House is planning deep cuts for the state’s public colleges and universities while the Senate is looking to increase funding for both systems.

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A bill has passed its first legislative committee requiring schools to display the state motto, “In God We Trust.”

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When it comes to picking the perfect college, there’s the question of what to look for? Is it programs? Campus clubs? Atmosphere? Or is it just a raw feeling? As part of the HBCU Profiles Series, we take a look at Florida A&M University—and how some say, it called them home.

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Of Florida’s four historically black colleges and universities, only Bethune Cookman University was founded in the early 1900s and named after an African American woman. In the first part of our “HBCU Profiles” series, we'll take a look at the past, present, and future of B-CU.

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