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Gradebook podcast: Should Florida school districts create their own police departments?

Hernando County debates the pros and cons of superintendent John Stratton’s recommendation.

Two years after Parkland, Florida government, political and education leaders continue to debate the best ways to keep schools safe from violence. The state’s Public Safety Commission, convened in the aftermath of the deadly attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, is about to issue a new set of recommendations.

How individual districts choose to address the issues remains distinctly local.

In Hernando County, the far north exurbs of Tampa, officials have long sworn by having trained law enforcement officers in the schools. Until one day the school district administration came up with a different idea.

What comes next? Hernando County education reporter Jack Evans discusses the ongoing discussion with Jeff Solochek in our latest Gradebook podcast.

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