Broward County Public Schools

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Broward County Public Schools
Broward County Public Schools Logo.jpg
Location
Broward County
Florida

United States
District information
TypePublic
MottoEducating Today's Students For Tomorrow's World
GradesPre K-12
Established1915; 106 years ago (1915)
SuperintendentRobert Runcie
Schools327 (2017)[1]
Budget$3.86 billion (2017)[2]
Students and staff
Students271,517[1] (6th-largest in U.S.)
Teachers15,084 (2017)[1]
Other information
Teachers' unionsFlorida Education Association
Websitebrowardschools.com

Broward County Public Schools is a public school district serving Broward County, Florida, is the sixth largest public school system in the nation. During the 2016–2017 school year, Broward County Public Schools served 271,517 students enrolled in 327 schools and education centers district wide.[3] The district is headquartered in downtown Fort Lauderdale.[4]

History[edit]

William Leary served as superintendent until 1988; the school board did not want him to serve out the remainder of his term, so it paid him $113,516 in severance.[5] In 1994 Frank Petruzielo became the superintendent.[6]

School Board[edit]

The current Superintendent of schools is Robert Runcie.[7] The members of the school board, which oversee the district, are as follows:[8]

  • District 1 – Ann Murray
  • District 2 – Patricia Good
  • District 3 – Sarah Leonardi
  • District 4 – Lori Alhadeff
  • District 5 – Rosalind Osgood (Chair)
  • District 6 – Laurie Rich Levinson (Vice Chair)
  • District 7 – Nora Rupert
  • District 8 (At Large) – Donna Korn
  • District 9 (At Large) – Debra Hixon

Controversies and grand jury investigation[edit]

On February 14, 2018, a former student opened fire at a Broward school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people and injuring 17 others.

Superintendent Robert Runcie and the School Board have faced criticism for their handling of policies and the lack of guidance assisted to the shooter.[9] In April 2018, student Kenneth Preston revealed an investigation into an $800 million dollar bond for safety and building projects that the school board had not carried out efficiently.[10] His findings prompted Senator Marco Rubio to request an investigation by both the Departments of Education and Justice.[11]

On February 13, 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis made an announcement alongside families of victims killed in the shooting that he had petitioned a statewide grand jury investigation based in Broward County.[12]

Schools in Broward County[edit]

During the 2016–2017 academic school year, the District served 271,205 students.[3] The district covers a total of 286 institutions: 138 elementary schools, 43 middle schools, 33 high schools, 16 adult/vocational schools, 16 centers, and 56 charter schools.[3]

6-12 secondary schools[edit]

High schools[edit]

Middle schools[edit]

Elementary schools[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-03-27. Retrieved 2018-03-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "District Budget "017-18" (PDF). Broward.k12.fl.us. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Press Releases". Archived from the original on 2012-09-05. Retrieved 2013-03-09.
  4. ^ Contact Us Archived May 14, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. Broward County Public Schools. Retrieved on May 6, 2009.
  5. ^ Gittelsohn, John (1994-01-19). "BOARD". South Florida Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 2020-05-10.
  6. ^ Litzenblatt, Seth (1994-02-09). "NEW SUPERINTENDENT'S". South Florida Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 2020-05-10. - The author is stated to be from "Fort Lauderdale High".
  7. ^ "Robert Runcie, Superintendent of Schools". Browardschool.com. Archived from the original on 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2009-06-20.
  8. ^ "The School Board of Broward County, Florida". Browardschool.com. Archived from the original on 2009-07-01. Retrieved 2009-06-20.
  9. ^ Travis, Megan O'Matz, Scott. "Schools' culture of tolerance lets students like Nikolas Cruz slide". Sun-Sentinel.com. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  10. ^ "Student Journalist Says Discipline Policy Hurt School Safety Before Shooting". The Daily Signal. 2018-04-11. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  11. ^ "Rubio Wants Details On How School Discipline Affected Parkland Shooting". The Federalist. 2018-05-07. Retrieved 2019-03-27.
  12. ^ Swisher, Scott Travis, Megan O'Matz, Skyler. "Governor asks grand jury to investigate school failures in Parkland shootings". Sun-Sentinel.com. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  13. ^ Benjamin, Jody (June 30, 1996). "Attacks alumni celebrate past, look to the future". South Florida Sun Sentinel. p. 4.
  14. ^ Cunningham, Denyse. "Broward County Schools: Some Places of Instruction". Broward Legacy. Broward County Historical Commission. Retrieved January 10, 2019.

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