Broward County Public Schools

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Broward County Public Schools
Broward County Public Schools Logo.jpg
Location
Florida
United States
District information
TypePublic
MottoEducating Today's Students For Tomorrow's World
GradesPre K-12
Established1915; 107 years ago (1915)
SuperintendentVickie Cartwright
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] It is the sole school district in the county.[5]

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.[6] In 1994 Frank Petruzielo became the superintendent.[7]

School Board[edit]

The current Interim Superintendent of schools is Dr. Vickie Cartwright.[8] The members of the school board, which oversee the district, are as follows:[9]

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

Superintendent of Schools[edit]

  • William Leary (1984-1988)
  • Sam Morgan (1988-1994)
  • Frank Petruzielo (1994-1999)
  • Frank Till (1999-2006)
  • James Notter (2006-2011)
  • Robert Runcie (2011-2021)
  • Vickie Cartwright (2021-present)

Controversies[edit]

Handling of Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting[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 faced criticism for their handling of policies and the lack of guidance assisted to the shooter.[10] In April 2018, student Kenneth Preston revealed an investigation into an $800 million bond for safety and building projects that the school board had not carried out efficiently.[11] His findings prompted Senator Marco Rubio to request an investigation by both the Departments of Education and Justice.[12] Runcie and the Board faced particular criticism, including from some parents of students at Stoneman Douglas High School, for the creation of an alternative discipline program for students accused of nonviolent misdemeanors called "Promise", which the Parkland shooter had been referred to. [13]

In the lead up to the 2018 gubernatorial election, Republican candidate Ron DeSantis vowed to remove Runcie from his office, although he conceded that only the school board could do so.[13] On February 13, 2019, now Florida Governor DeSantis announced that he had petitioned a statewide grand jury investigation.[14]

In May 2021, after the grand jury indicted him for perjury during their investigation, Runcie announced his intention to step down.[13] Supporters of Runcie accused the grand jury investigation that led to his indictment of being politically motivated.[13]

School closures and mask mandates during the COVID-19 pandemic[edit]

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the school district switched almost entirely to online classes in March 2020 and gradually returned to in-person instruction starting in the fall of 2020. The exact timing of school re-openings led to tension between the school board and the state government.[15] Throughout the 2020-2021 school year, the district required all students and staff to wear face masks as a preventative measure. In the fall of 2021, growing public opposition to mask mandates led Governor Ron DeSantis to prohibit local school districts from requiring masks.[16] The school board chose to defy the state government and continue requiring masks, along with several other school districts in the state. In response the Florida Board of Education voted to prevent the district from doing so and could replace elected board members.[17] DeSantis withheld funding from school districts that required masks.[16] The federal government stepped in to replace the money with federal funds, but after the state blocked that funding as well, the US Department of Education warned the state that it may have violated federal law.[18]

List of schools[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.{{cite web}}: 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. ^ "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: Broward County, FL" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2022-07-31. - Text list
  6. ^ Gittelsohn, John (1994-01-19). "BOARD". South Florida Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 2020-05-10.
  7. ^ 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".
  8. ^ "Robert Runcie, Superintendent of Schools". Browardschool.com. Archived from the original on 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2009-06-20.
  9. ^ "The School Board of Broward County, Florida". Browardschool.com. Archived from the original on 2009-07-01. Retrieved 2009-06-20.
  10. ^ Travis, Megan O'Matz, Scott. "Schools' culture of tolerance lets students like Nikolas Cruz slide". Sun-Sentinel.com. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  11. ^ "Student Journalist Says Discipline Policy Hurt School Safety Before Shooting". The Daily Signal. 2018-04-11. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  12. ^ "Rubio Wants Details On How School Discipline Affected Parkland Shooting". The Federalist. 2018-05-07. Retrieved 2019-03-27.
  13. ^ a b c d Amrus, Teo. "Facing perjury charges, Florida superintendent offers to step down to give 'peace' to Parkland survivors". Washington Post. Retrieved 2021-10-31.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ Travis, Scott (2020-09-29). "Broward schools could open sooner than planned". South Florida Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 2021-10-31.
  16. ^ a b "Florida to dock salaries, withhold funding from 8 school districts for requiring masks". NBC News. 2021-10-08. Retrieved 2021-10-31.
  17. ^ Postal, Leslie (2021-08-17). "State board takes action against Alachua, Broward schools for imposing mask mandate". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2021-08-18.
  18. ^ Goñi-Lessan, Ana (2021-10-25). "Biden Administration warns Florida over financial sanctions against school boards with mask mandates". Tallahassee Democrat. Retrieved 2021-11-01.
  19. ^ Benjamin, Jody (June 30, 1996). "Attacks alumni celebrate past, look to the future". South Florida Sun Sentinel. p. 4.
  20. ^ Cunningham, Denyse. "Broward County Schools: Some Places of Instruction". Broward Legacy. Broward County Historical Commission. Retrieved January 10, 2019.

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