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State Commission Investigating Parkland Shooting To Meet This Week

Last month, the commission heard criticisms of the Broward County School Board. This month, they are expected to start making recommendations.
Riane Roldan
Last month, the commission heard criticisms of the Broward County School Board. This month, they are expected to start making recommendations.

The state commission investigating the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting is almost ready to make its first round of recommendations for increasing school security and mental health systems.

The highly anticipated report from the 14-person panel will act as a statewide guide for schools and law enforcement. 

This week, the investigative panel will detail suggestions that will be made in their final report, which must be filed by Jan. 1, 2019. Commissioners are expected to discuss and decide what the role of school resource officers (SROs) should be, and propose how schools should staff them, according to the  agenda.

The commission will meet for its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 5, and Thursday, Sept. 6, at the BB&T Center in Sunrise.

Read More: Marjory Stoneman Douglas Parents Criticize Broward School District, Call For New Leadership

Broward County schools were unable to meet the new state requirement this year, which mandates an SRO be posted at every elementary, middle and high school. Instead, the school board and the Broward Sheriff’s Office partnered to create an Armed Guardian program, which trains and stations civilians at schools where local law enforcement agencies don’t have enough officers to fill the gap.

The commission will also consider how schools can bolster their security infrastructure – from adding technology, like security cameras. 

The second part of Thursday's meeting will be closed to the public.

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Caitie Switalski is a rising senior at the University of Florida. She's worked for WFSU-FM in Tallahassee as an intern and reporter. When she's in Gainesville for school, Caitie is an anchor and producer for local Morning Edition content at WUFT-FM, as well as a digital editor for the station's website. Her favorite stories are politically driven, about how politicians, laws and policies effect local communities. Once she graduates with a dual degree in Journalism and English,Caitiehopes to make a career continuing to report and produce for NPR stations in the sunshine state. When she's not following what's happening with changing laws, you can catchCaitielounging in local coffee shops, at the beach, or watching Love Actually for the hundredth time.
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