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Pulse Shooting

Independent Review Of Orlando Fire Department Response To Pulse: Policies Were Outdated And Not Followed

The National Police Foundation has issued an independent review of the Orlando Fire Department’s response to the Pulse nightclub shooting. The report, released Wednesday, largely corroborates an investigation by WMFE and ProPublica released in September finding the Orlando Fire Department failed to prepare adequately for a mass shooting, despite people within the organization sounding the alarm.
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FBI Miami Special Agent in Charge Robert Lasky, left, and Broward Sheriff Scott Israel (center) brief reporters about the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla. on Feb. 15, 2018. (Peter Hayden, WLRN)
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First Responders in Florida Aren’t Covered for PTSD. That May Change After Parkland.

Update, March 5, 2018: The Florida Senate unanimously passed a bill on Saturday that would provide lost wages to first responders disabled with PTSD. The Florida House passed the bill on Monday. It will now head to Gov. Rick Scott. A Florida bill to assist first responders suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder has found new life in the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.
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Gerry Realin, left, was diagnosed with PTSD after responding to the Pulse Night Club shooting. Jessica Realin wants Florida’s workers’ compensation laws to cover the condition. Photo: Abe Aboraya, WMFE

Intersection: A Closer Look At PTSD And First Responders

First responders in Florida with post traumatic stress disorder are fighting for expanded compensation benefits. 90.7’s Abe Aboraya and ProPublica senior editor Charles Ornstein join Intersection to talk about a special reporting project to explore the impact of PTSD on first responders. 
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Image: Sunshine High School in Orlando is located in Oakhill Village, a strip mall on Old Winter Garden Road. (Malcolm Denemark/USA Today Network)
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

FL Investigating Graduation Rates Following ProPublica Report

Florida is investigating graduation rates at alternative charter schools after a ProPublica report about an Orange County charter school that served as a “release valve” for nearby traditional high schools by taking in academically challenged students. Education commissioner Pam Stewart says the department will be doing a thorough examination to determine if inappropriate actions presented a flawed portrayal of districts’ graduation data. The ProPublica report says poor-performing students from Orlando-area schools, like Olympia High School, were encouraged at assemblies by charter representatives from Sunshine High School to transfer and catch up on credits. Once they got to high school located in a strip mall, some students said they would sit for hours a day in front of computers with little …
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Image: Sunshine High School in Orlando is located in Oakhill Village, a strip mall on Old Winter Garden Road. (Malcolm Denemark/USA Today Network)
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Orange County School Board renews contract with an “alternative” charter school under scrutiny

Orange County School Board officials voted recently to renew a charter contract with Sunshine High School, which is currently under the microscope after a ProPublica investigation reported the charter school was a “silent release valve” for local traditional high schools by taking in academically challenged students unlikely to graduate on time. The school district has responded sharply to the article, with Superintendent Barbara Jenkins calling it “false” in a statement. ProPublica reports Olympia High School would hold assemblies for poor performing students where representatives from Accelerated Learning Solutions, a for-profit management company that runs Sunshine and other charter schools, told them they could catch up on credits and graduate. The report alleges Olympia kept its graduation rate above 90 percent …
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