This Week in South Florida: Laurie Rich Levinson and Debra Hixon

A Florida grand jury report, years in the making, examined school safety, the spending for it and why progress is lost in bureaucracy.

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla.A Florida grand jury report, years in the making, examined school safety, the spending for it and why progress is lost in bureaucracy.

The report names names, makes a case for incompetence, deceit and public propaganda to cover it up. Several county districts are included, including Miami-Dade, but the Broward School District received the biggest focus and the most criticism.

Two Broward School Board members joined This Week in South Florida to discuss, one who is accused of incompetence and neglect in the grand jury report and one who is not.

Laurie Rich Levinson chairs the Broward School Board, has served on the board for 12 years, and is named and blamed that report.

Debra Hixon was elected to the board in 2020. She lost her husband, Chris, the Athletic Director at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High, in the mass shooting there four years ago.

Plans for TWISF hosts Michael Putney and Glenna Milberg to speak to the board members together were changed after Levinson’s attorney said doing so may be a violation of the Sunshine Law, so they spoke in separate segments.

The full video of both discussions can be seen at the top of this page.


About the Authors:

Michael Putney came to Local 10 in 1989 to become senior political reporter and host of "This Week In South Florida with Michael Putney." He is Local 10's senior political reporter. 

Glenna Milberg joined Local 10 News in September 1999 to report on South Florida's top stories and community issues. She also serves as co-host on Local 10's public affairs broadcast, "This Week in South Florida."