Broward schools superintendent asks 3 administrators to resign, sources say
Amid pressure from Gov. Ron DeSantis’s administration, Broward County Public Schools superintendent asked three administrators to resign or take a leave of absence while they remain under investigation, according to sources who are familiar with the BCPS administration.
No ‘future ineptitude’: State asks Broward schools to remove administrators named by grand jury
A state Department of Education leader has asked Broward Schools Superintendent Vickie Cartwright to sever ties with district employees whose “failed decisions on school safety” were highlighted in a recent statewide grand jury report.sun-sentinel.com
DeSantis appointees replace elected school board members
Four school board members appointed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in one of Florida’s most Democratic counties were sworn into office on Tuesday. The state's Department of Education on Monday voiced “significant concerns" about the school system's actions before, during and after the shootings of 17 people by Nikolas Cruz, a troubled former student who attacked the high school's campus on Valentine's Day in 2018. In a letter sent to Superintendent Vickie Cartwright, the state cited the grand jury's finding of mismanagement of the $800 million voter-approved bond to renovate schools, the underreporting of criminal activity to the state, the district's “almost fanatical desire to control student data” and use it to manipulate public perception, and the practice of allowing students with serious felonies back on school campuses.news.yahoo.com
Gov. DeSantis suspends four Broward School Board members accused of ‘incompetence and neglect of duty’
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis took a grand jury up on its recommendation Friday afternoon to remove four Broward School Board members after a scathing report that accused them of having “engaged in acts of incompetence and neglect of duty.”sun-sentinel.com
Grand jury report slams Broward schools’ mismanaged efforts to replace roofs
When a roof collapsed last year at Rickards Middle School in Oakland Park, a grand jury saw it as a visual symbol of everything wrong with Broward’s $800 million school renovation bond program. The construction program — approved by voters in 2014 — has been years behind schedule and more than $500 million over budget largely because of roofs, according to an April 2021 report by a statewide grand jury that was publicly released Friday.sun-sentinel.com
Grand jury warns of alleged ‘mismanagement’ of Broward schools’ SMART bond project
More than half of a recent report by the state grand jury that the Florida Supreme Court empaneled as a response to the 2018 Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland focused on a program funded by Broward County taxpayers
Grand jury wants school board members removed over massacre
A Florida grand jury empaneled after a 2018 school massacre has recommended that Gov. Ron DeSantis remove from office four members of the Broward County school board, saying they and district administrators displayed “deceit, malfeasance, misfeasance, neglect of duty and incompetence” in their handling of a campus safety program. In the 122-page report released Friday, the panel recommended that DeSantis suspend board members Patricia Good, Donna Korn, Ann Murray and Laurie Rich Levinson. A former member, Rosalind Osgood, also was targeted, but she has since been elected to the Florida Senate and taken office.news.yahoo.com
Sheriff hopes Broward schools will let his office take over school policing
Whether current Superintendent Vickie Cartwright is interested in Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony's proposal is unclear. Cartwright is expected to scheduled to appear at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission this afternoon.sun-sentinel.com
Investigation: School administrators kept ransomware details secret — then used them for private business
Former Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie co-authored a report with a private company about dealing with crises. One author also was working for the school district at the time.sun-sentinel.com
Grand jury report to recommend removal of Broward School Board members, filing says
The names of the school board members recommended for removal are not given, nor are the alleged violations, by in a ruling by the 4th District Court of Appeals over which parts of the grand jury report should be redacted.sun-sentinel.com
Robert Runcie now leads national superintendent group and school safety initiative
The organization’s new initiative, led by Runcie, is a “School Safety Cohort.” Six school districts pay $166,667 each to a company, formed last year by two Broward school administrators, to review safety plans and track for compliance, records show. The school districts are being reimbursed by Chiefs for Change, which is funded by private donors. The six participating school districts are in Dallas; Oakland; Phoenix; Highline, Wash.; Tulsa, Okla.; and Poudre, Colo. Susana Cordova, deputy superintendent for the Dallas Independent School District, said the Chiefs for Change project is just one of her district’s many school safety initiatives. As for the new Chiefs for Change safety initiative, Gualtieri said, “The goal seems laudable.thewestsidegazette.com
Robert Runcie now leads national superintendent group and school safety initiative
Robert Runcie's organization, Chiefs for Change, has created a “School Safety Cohort” where six school districts receive security services from a company formed last year by two Broward school administrators.sun-sentinel.com
‘A totally different culture’: Broward schools are finally getting security right, state safety leader says
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, who has spent four years investigating issues related to the Parkland school shooting, says Broward County is now poised to be a model for dealing with school safety.sun-sentinel.com
Undoing “The Great Replacement Theory” in Broward Schools
Prior to the shooting, the White supremacist posted a 180-page manifesto which detailed the delusions of a killer who wished to contribute to the genocide of a race of people because of what has been coined, “The Great Replacement Theory”. Unlike those who spout Critical Race Theory from their mouths without any real clue of what it is, I am going to define the Great Replacement Theory (TGRT) for you. Could there be a purposeful and covert whitewashing in Broward Schools that may very well be linked to what some may have perceived to be “The Great Replacement Theory” under Runcie’s leadership. Here again, the representation of the 42% of Black students in Broward Schools is in question. Is it change for the sake of change or done to undo what is perceived as The Great Replacement under former superintendent Robert Runcie?thewestsidegazette.com
Summer classes begin at Broward County public schools with a record 45,000 students
Nearly 100 Broward County public schools kicked off the six-week summer program on Monday with a larger student enrollment than expected. The district usually welcomes about 8,000 students. This year, they will have about 45,000.
Runcie perjury charge should be dismissed, attorney argues
Robert Runcie is seeking for his perjury charge to be thrown out, with an attorney for the outgoing Broward County Public Schools superintendent arguing in court Wednesday that prosecutors haven’t specified what he is accused of lying about to a grand jury.
Prosecutors in Runcie case blast his lawyers’ dismissal argument
Defense attorneys for Broward County Superintendent Robert Runcie argued earlier this month that the statewide grand jury that indicted him on a perjury charge in April strayed from its scope when it charged him since its jurisdiction is limited to crimes that happen in more than one county, and his alleged offense occurred only in Broward, they said.news.yahoo.com
Grand jury testimony of Broward Schools lawyer details phone call to Runcie’s attorney
Transcripts released Wednesday from Broward Schools General Counsel Barbara Myrick’s grand jury testimony show prosecutors grilled her about a telephone conversation she had March 29, two days before Superintendent Robert Runcie testified.news.yahoo.com
Indicted Florida school superintendent gets $740K severance
The indicted superintendent of the Florida school district where a massacre happened three years ago will leave his job under a $740,000 severance package approved by a divided board Tuesday. Broward County Superintendent Robert Runcie's tenure will end no later than Aug. 10, but it could be sooner if an interim replacement is chosen by the board. The opponents included Lori Alhadef and Debra Hixon, who were elected to the board after each had family members slain in the Feb. 14, 2018, attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that killed 17 people.news.yahoo.com
Broward Schools’ Runcie could get $740K-plus severance deal; school board to vote Tuesday
The Broward County School Board is expected to vote Tuesday on a more than $740,000 separation agreement its chair negotiated with embattled Superintendent Robert Runcie’s attorney Monday afternoon.news.yahoo.com
Broward schools superintendent Robert Runcie may walk away with $740,000+
Negotiations resumed Monday between Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie’s attorney and Broward School Board Chair Dr. Rosalind Osgood regarding the superintendent’s separation agreement, and Runcie could soon be walking away with a whopping $740,000.
Amidst allegations Superintendent Robert Runcie is stepping down
Staff writerFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — “If the environment is not as such that I can do my very best, I’m willing to discuss a path to a mutual agreement of separation,” Runcie told the school board during a meeting Tuesday. That shocking statement came a few hours after a prepared video released by the school district where Superintendent Runcie stated released he believed he would be “vindicated.”Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie has offered to resign after his arrest last week on an alleged perjury charge. Speaking directly to school board member Lori Alhadeff, as he addressed some of the Parkland parents of the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. After turning himself in, Runcie, was booked into the main Broward County jail on April 21, 2021. Runcie will more than lightly beat the rap however, the ride can damage him in the long run.”Dr. Rosalind Osgood School Board Chair, along with a still-pending appointed attorney, will negotiate a separation agreement with Runcie and Myrick, which could be voted on during the School Board’s meeting Thursday.thewestsidegazette.com
Florida superintendent to resign after perjury charge in Parkland aftermath
The embattled Broward County Public Schools superintendent at a top district lawyer who were both indicted on felony charges last week have agreed to step down and the board plans to vote on their replacements as early as Thursday.foxnews.com
Embattled Florida school superintendent offers to resign
The South Florida school superintendent overseeing Parkland schools has offered to resign amid continuing criticism over the 2018 mass shooting there and a perjury charge from a statewide grand jury. Robert Runcie said late Tuesday he was willing to step down, just hours after he released a video statement saying he would be cleared of perjury and would not resign. The district’s top lawyer also said Tuesday night she would resign.news.yahoo.com
‘I am confident that I will be vindicated,’ Runcie says following indictment
Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie released a video message Tuesday, thanking people and organizations for their support and saying that he believes he will be vindicated after a grand jury indicted him for perjury.
Records: Superintendent Lied to Jury Investigating Parkland Massacre
Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie was arrested by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement at district headquarters and charged with perjury in an official proceeding which is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.feeds.feedblitz.com
Broward schools superintendent Robert Runcie arrested on perjury charge; School Board attorney also arrested
Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie was arrested Wednesday morning on a charge of perjury in an official proceeding. School Board attorney Barbara Myrick was also arrested.
Broward schools announce graduation schedule for 2021
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Broward County Public Schools has released the schedule for this year’s graduation ceremonies, which will take place in-person. Dates, times and locations are listed for 48 high schools, technical colleges and special centers across the district. The district says that safety precautions will be in place and that graduates will each get two tickets for guests in an effort to control crowds amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re excited to return to traditional pomp and circumstance, and to give our 2021 graduates and their families an in-person graduation experience,” Superintendent Robert Runcie said in a statement. “We can’t wait to provide memorable and celebratory events that honor and recognize the Class of 2021.”More information will be forthcoming from individual schools, the district says.
CDC releases new guidance for school safety
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – The CDC released new guidelines for school safety, concerning COVID-19 protocols, Friday. However, in communities where transmission is high, middle and high school students should keep a distance of at least six feet. They cite three studies which say three feet between students in classrooms is safe, where masks are involved. The CDC recognizes the benefits of in-person learning, so they say it is critical for schools to remain open. Many districts throughout the nation have successfully mitigated transmission using three feet physical distancing while maintaining their other protocols including disciplined mask wearing.
Pay attention to oppressive Florida legislative proposals, advocates say
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Advocacy groups recently met in Miami-Dade County to denounce what they say are several oppressive Florida legislative proposals that are in the works. CRIMINAL LAW: PROTESTA Florida legislative proposal would make it easier to criminalize protesters and prevent civil litigation if a protester is a victim of police brutality. Florida Senate Bill 48 creates publicly funded educational savings accounts to help families pay for tuition at private schools. Florida Senate Bill 84 voids the state’s pension plan for a privatized 401(k) retirement plan. Florida Senate Bill 90 limits vote-by-mail applications to one election cycle and eliminates drop-off boxes.
Broward County Public Schools district faces budgetary uncertainty
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The School Board of Broward County met on Tuesday to discuss Broward County Public Schools’ next year’s budget which is based on a blend of federal, state and local funding. The state ties the disbursement of some funds for public education to the number of students enrolled in each district. “We need the kids back in school, not just for the money — because they belong in school,” Runcie said. The Florida Education Association opposes it because public schools are underfunded in Florida. The traditional public schools have to share federal funding with charter schools.
To Address Equity Gap, Broward Schools Start Offering Ivy League Courses
The high schoolers follow the same course material as the college students enrolled in the classes, with the opportunity to receive college credit. Superintendent Robert Runcie hopes students who enroll in the courses will be encouraged to apply to and attend college. "We believe that talent is evenly distributed in this country, and that opportunity is not," says Leslie Cornfeld, founder and CEO of the Equity Lab. So [the Equity Lab] was a strategy to connect the dots." "I don't think a standardized test should dictate the courses that my students take — it's really an equity issue."miaminewtimes.com
Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie announces plan is for schools to resume in-person learning this fall
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – It appears the plan in Broward County is to have students and teachers back in the classroom later this year. Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie announced on Wednesday that the plan is for all classes to take place in-person, starting this fall. “We have to plan as if we’re going to open up the next school year,” Runcie said. “We’ll still maintain some safety measures as necessary, depending on where we are.”Runcie made the announcement during a Broward School Board meeting Wednesday night. Currently, classes are being held in-person and online for some students.
After partial roof collapse, inspectors check safety of more Broward schools’ media centers
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Broward County Public Schools has inspectors checking on the structural safety of five schools’ media centers after a partial roof collapse at one of them. James S. Rickards Middle School at 6000 NE 9th Ave., in Oakland Park, was evacuated on Friday after a partial roof collapse in the media center’s $10.5 million renovation project. This aerial photo shows the partial roof collapse on Friday at James S. Rickards Middle School in Fort Lauderdale. Runcie said three firms are conducting independent investigations to figure out what caused the structure at James S. Rickards Middle to collapse. Oakland Park Fire-Rescue personnel took a few James S. Rickards Middle School students who complained of suffering from nausea and headaches after a partial roof collapse on Friday.
Exactly three years later, events and memorials held to honor victims of Parkland shooting
These were just a few of several events held across South Florida to mark the somber anniversary. AdSouth Florida remembers 17 victims of Parkland school shooting on three-year anniversary of tragedyAt Esplanade Park in Fort Lauderdale, city leaders joined students from Florida Atlantic University and Nova Southeastern University for an event aimed at healing. Sunday’s events came after the school district held their own remembrance ceremonies on Friday. It’s an issue that is very important to them, especially after the events that took place at Stoneman Douglas. ADDITIONAL LINKSMoment of silence, other events mark three years since Parkland tragedyHow the Parkland shooting launched a new generation of activistsNever forgotten: 3 years later, remembering the school shooting tragedy in Parkland, in photosAdParkland parents print ‘shame cards’ ahead of school shooting anniversary3 years later, Parkland school shooting trial still in limbo
New CDC guidance: Schools are not associated with ‘substantial’ coronavirus transmission
DAVIE, Fla. – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines on Friday saying that based on the data available, in-person learning in schools has not been associated with substantial community transmission of the coronavirus. The CDC determined teachers’ vaccinations are not a requirement to reopen schools. (WPLG)With partial reopenings, Miami-Dade and Broward school districts have provided diagnostic testing and contact tracing, and they are working on COVID-19 vaccine campaigns. “If our societies did what our school districts are doing, we’ve probably had no spread of coronavirus going on in our country,” Runcie said. AdWalensky said the new CDC guidance is instructive for this moment in time, but since the disease is not static school districts need to make adjustments.
Billboards by teachers union send message about ongoing disagreement with Broward superintendent
The Broward Teachers Union put up two billboards to bring awareness of their disagreement with school superintendent over forcing teachers back to the classroom who may be at risk for COVID-19. BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – They are continuing their fight against Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie’s directive that all teachers must be back in the classroom. As a follow up with their delivery of thousands of pairs of flip flops to community and business leaders earlier this week, the Broward Teachers Union posted two billboards that asks the question: “School Superintendent Robert Runcie? AdAccording to the superintendent, Broward Schools has allowed more than 600 teachers with underlying health issues to remain teaching online. The billboards point drivers to sign a petition at protectourteachers.net that asks the superintendent to protect medically high risk teachers by continuing to let them teach from home.
School principals to meet with union reps to explain why COVID-19 at-risk teachers can’t work remotely
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Principals at all Broward County public schools must meet with union representatives to explain the reasoning behind the denial of remote work extensions to vulnerable teachers, an arbitrator ruled. Arbitrator Roger I. Abrams issued a supplemental ruling on Wednesday that applies to 226 schools, departments, and centers in the BCPS system. The principals exercised their right to grant or deny remote assignments, and the meetings between principals and union representatives are meant to make sure that the remote work assignments were not granted or denied “in an arbitrary and capricious manner.”AdAnna Fusco, the BTU president, has accused Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie of not doing enough to protect teachers who are at risk of dying of COVID-19. “The less than 10% of educators who are the most vulnerable to COVID-19 must be protected,” Fusco said. “With only about 27% of students back in the buildings, there is no reason this can’t be accomplished.”
Runcie says new school programs will help struggling students
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Broward County Public Schools launches a new plan to help the close to 60,000 students who are falling behind academically during the coronavirus pandemic. Superintendent Robert Runcie has attributed the low grades to difficulties with virtual learning and a need for more time with teachers in classrooms at the schoolhouse. “The good news is our students are coming back to school,” Runcie said. Broward will be adding an extensive six-week summer school program and he said he is developing programs to help struggling students catch up — including “Ask Bria,” a remote instructional assistant. Ad“We are not modifying the school year, what we’re doing is we are modifying opportunities to provide interventions to our students who need them,” Runcie said.
Flip-flops: Broward Teachers Union sends literal message to Superintendent Robert Runcie
TAMARAC, Fla. – Teachers in Broward County are sharing their coronavirus concerns with the public. Those educators believe Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie’s direction keeps flip-flopping, which is putting teachers at risk. “The pun is intended, flip-flopping around,” said Broward Teachers Union President Anna Fusco. According to the superintendent, Broward Schools has allowed more than 600 teachers with underlying health issues to remain teaching online. The CDC Director said when there is transmission in schools, it is likely the virus was brought in from the community.
Broward policy forces some students to ‘work independently’
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – After five teachers didn’t return to work at Beachside Montessori Village in Hollywood, some students were forced to “work independently.”Vanessa Cuomo, the mother of a Beachside Motessori Village student, said her 13-year-old daughter’s teachers for Algebra and Language Arts are not allowed to teach virtually. This is not a third-world nation.”Nelson Malhao is one of the Beachside Montessori Village teachers who are not being allowed to teach virtually. He said he is being replaced by a part-time teacher who will be able to work virtually. How is it fair to my kids?”Anna Fusco, the president of the Broward Teacher’s Union, said this is Broward County Superintendent Robert Runcie’s fault. Broward County Public Schools released a statement saying the district has to operate in compliance with the Florida Department of Education’s order to have students “return to face-to-face learning.”
This Week in South Florida Full Episode: January 31, 2021
PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – On the latest episode of This Week in South Florida hosts Michael Putney and Glenna Milberg are joined by Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie, Broward Teachers Union president Anna Fusco, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, South Florida medical professional Dr. Hansel Tookes and attorneys Melba Pearson and Rafael Yaniz. The full episode can be viewed at the top of this page.
This Week in South Florida: Robert Runcie
PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – In the debate whether teachers may be required to get back into classrooms, all eyes are on Broward County this week. That’s where an arbitrator said yes to teachers returning in order to meet schools’ operational needs. Bolstering that opinion, the CDC last week reported finding “no significant spread” of COVID-19 in classrooms with proper precautions and evidence that all online learning is having negative effects on students. Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie joined This Week in South Florida hosts Michael Putney and Glenna Milberg to discuss, and their conversation can be seen at the top of this page
Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie recommends reopening campuses for in-person learning on October 5th
Broward schools plans to reopen schools for in-person learning on Oct. 5, Superintendent Robert Runcie announced Tuesday. “We recognize there’s a population that wants to come back to our schools and those families should have that option,” he said. The email said teachers must return to class or go on leave. “We recognize not all our educators can return to the classroom. Requests for accommodations or appropriate leaves will be considered,’ Runcie said.thewestsidegazette.com
Students appeal to Broward Superintendent of Schools and Police, Protect Us
// // ////DAVIE The Youth of South Florida spoke up in clear, strong and emotional terms on Saturday (Feb. 22nd) as the Partners for Youth Foundation launched its inaugural CONFAB in Davie. Both the Superintendent and the Police Chief responded with reassurances, backed by a report on the measures now in place. It also begs for the opportunity to methodically and deliberately bridge the gap between students and local stakeholders (Schools & the Police department). Partners for Youth Foundation (PFY) CONFAB SpeakersMayor Judy Paul launched the Confab and addressed the attendees. Superintendent Runcie spoke about Broward schools innovations, including the rollout of Apps such as SaferWatch- and FortifyFl, which allow students to report incidents anonymously If you see something, say something.sflcn.com
Lingering Parkland tragedy needs solutions not vengeance
Now, when Broward County could benefit from a community time-out, it seems that a handful of Parkland parents continue to attack anyone who disagrees with their pencil-thin pointof-view. Former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel drew the initial ire. When that didnt work, they vengeance tried to persuade the school board to fire him. The four other senators representing Broward County joined me in voting against the removal. No one in the Broward County community, including me, is unmindful of the tragedy that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.sfltimes.com
Lingering Parkland Tragedy Needs Solutions, not Vengeance
Former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel drew the initial ire. When that didnt work, they tried to persuade the school board to fire him. As have several prominent Black clergy who encouraged their congregations to attend a school board meeting last March in support of Runcie. The four other senators representing Broward County joined me in voting against the removal. No one in the Broward County community, including me, is unmindful of the tragedy that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.thewestsidegazette.com
Legislature may decide fate of Browards troubled Promise program
Please keep in mind that reporting of this data does not result in a delinquent record for the youth and is not available to the public, Simone Marstiller, secretary of the department, wrote to Superintendent Robert Runcie. Moreover, reporting the data continues to ensure pre-arrest diversion programs are successful and ensures that law enforcement and other decision-makers statewide can access this important information regarding youth."sun-sentinel.com
Parkland Commission Cant Scapegoat Its Way To School Security Solutions
The Florida Legislature created the Parkland Commission, in 2018 as a very public response to what can only be described as a senseless act of horror. On Valentines Day, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz entered his former high school and opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle killing 17 people and injuring 17 others the deadliest high school shooting in our countrys history. The school shooting itself re-ignited calls for gun control and gun safety laws, initiatives backed by several MSD student leaders and parents. I voted against SB 7030, the 2019 bill implementing the Legislatures recommendations for the Parkland Commission for the same reason. The legislation ignored gun safety and under the guise of security only specified ways to bring more guns into our schools.thewestsidegazette.com