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New Broward School Board rescinds vote to share charter school dollars

Tuesday’s vote by the new Broward School Board to rescind last week's decision to give charter schools extra money passed by a party-line vote, with six Democrats voting to rescind while two Republicans opposed. → Read More

Newly elected member Rod Velez won’t get sworn in to Broward School Board today

Rod Velez has been dogged by questions about his eligibility due to a felony conviction. His voting rights were restored in 2020, but that didn’t automatically guarantee other rights, including holding public office and serving on a jury, according to rules prepared by the Board of Clemency. → Read More

Newly elected Broward School Board member may not get sworn in Tuesday

Four new and two returning Broward School Board members are scheduled to be sworn in, but a clemency issue may prevent Rod Velez from joining the board. → Read More

Broward Superintendent Vickie Cartwright is fired by DeSantis’s ‘reform board’

Broward Schools Superintendent Vickie Cartwright was fired with a 5-4 vote on Monday night, a dramatic climax to the three-month tenure of a “reform board” controlled by five appointees of Gov. Ron DeSantis. → Read More

Broward School Board moves to sever ties with caps and gowns vendor

A longtime vendor criticized for its high markups of caps and gowns for graduating seniors and its cozy relationships with Broward school officials now faces termination, legal action and a referral to law enforcement, an angry School Board decided Monday. → Read More

After months of turmoil, new Broward School Board members looks for stability

This will be the School Board’s second major shakeup in three months. In late August, Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended and replaced four long-time School Board members after the release of a grand jury report that found widespread mismanagement in the district. → Read More

Allen Zeman leads as Donna Korn struggles to reclaim School Board seat

Businessman Allen Zeman had a narrow but comfortable lead Tuesday night over Donna Korn for Broward School Board. Zeman had run on a platform that DeSantis would likely suspend Korn a second time if she won. → Read More

Audits find Broward schools botched contracts with favored vendors

The forensic examinations reviewed contracts involving Public Consulting Group, or PCG, which provides a variety of education management and training services, and Chuck Puleri & Associates, a Broward distributor for Herff Jones caps and gowns. → Read More

Broward schools memo on banning and restricting library books spurs controversy

Eleven books challenged by a group of conservative parents are either being banned from Broward school libraries or restricted to certain age groups, according to a memo sent to school principals. → Read More

Broward School Board elections add to the uncertainty faced by district

The winners will represent a district that has undergone extreme upheaval since Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended and replaced four School Board members three days after the last election. → Read More

Broward schools chief now faces a 90-day action plan to make fixes

Four of the nine Broward School Board members will be replaced after the Nov. 8 elections. But everyone agreed improvements are needed. → Read More

A divided public speaks out on Broward school chief’s future

The board has been listening to in-person and written comments Tuesday morning and plans to discuss the matter during the afternoon. → Read More

As Broward superintendent’s job is in jeopardy, top lawyer’s fate is also uncertain

Interim General Counsel Marylin Batista has been negotiating with School Board Chairman Torey Alston to keep the job permanently. But the two are at an impasse over pay. → Read More

DeSantis’ ‘reform board’ could decide Broward superintendent’s fate Tuesday

Broward Schools Superintendent Vickie Cartwright could be the latest casualty of a statewide grand jury report and a Gov. Ron DeSantis-appointed “reform board.” → Read More

Broward schools found an unusual way to give Parkland families $26 million

Broward schools forged a path to give $26 million to the victims of the Parkland shooting — turning a negligence case into a civil-rights dispute, newly released documents reveal. → Read More

After a botched search for facilities chief, School Board members raise leadership concerns

Broward schools will start over to find a leader for its troubled school construction program after a search process was called "a colossal failure." → Read More

Broward schools chief is deemed ‘effective’ leader amid tumult from grand jury report

In her first evaluation since being hired as the permanent superintendent in February, board members rated Vickie Cartwright as “effective,” the second-highest of four possible scores. → Read More

How Broward schools’ search for a leader to fix decaying schools went awry

Broward Schools Superintendent Vickie Cartwright has said it’s a top priority to fill the long-vacant position of chief facilities officer, but the effort has been mired in multiple controversies, → Read More

If Hurricane Ian had struck southeast Florida: Here’s how bad it would have been

The Category 4 storm pummeled the west coast of Florida with 12-foot storm surges and 16 inches of rain. Is southeast Florida equally vulnerable? Here's a look at the region's susceptibility to crippling storm surge and flooding from rain. → Read More

Broward School Board defends paying $237,000 to ousted administrators

One School Board member called the payments "sneaky," but most said they were satisfied with Interim General Counsel Marylin Batista’s assertion that these were “separation agreements," not “severance agreements." → Read More