Colleen Wright

Colleen Wright

Colleen Wright covers Pinellas County Schools since joining the Times in 2015. Florida born and bred, she was raised in Miami and graduated from the University of Florida.

Stoneman Douglas commission urges Broward County to close charter schools without armed guards

Broward School Superintendent Robert Runcie speaks during a news conference at the Broward Sheriff’s Office Real Time Crime Center in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday. [MATIAS J. OCNER | Miami Herald]
The commission grew frustrated Wednesday about news that 29 charter schools, a third of the charter schools in Broward, were reported to not have long-term accommodations.

Should parents be able to ‘opt out’ their children from having an armed teacher?

Hernando County Sheriff's deputy Cory Zarcone, 28, talks to Aleigha Dziedzic, 5, right, during breakfast time in the cafeteria of Brooksville Elementary School on March 7, 2018. Hernando County leaders approved a spending plan to add 10 school resource officers to area schools. ALESSANDRA DA PRA | Times
The bill that would expand the “Guardian” program to allow teachers to carry guns passed another committee along party lines Tuesday.

Bob Gualtieri to Broward: ‘Do things differently’

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri chaired the commission that investigated the shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School. [Tampa Bay Times]
Gualtieri, the chairman of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, paid a visit Tuesday to “ground zero,” the Broward County School Board, to go over the commission’s...