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District Statement Regarding Court Ruling to Release the Collaborate Educational Network’s Report regarding Nikolas Cruz

On August, 3, 2018, the Broward Circuit Court approved the release of the Collaborative Educational Network’s report regarding Nikolas Cruz.

The Collaborative Educational Network (CEN) was retained to take an objective look at the educational and behavioral services provided to Nikolas Cruz throughout his years as a student within the Broward County public school system. CEN provides consulting services for school districts, charter schools, and non-profit and government agencies involved in education.

CEN’s findings show that the District provided significant and appropriate services to Nikolas Cruz in compliance with the federal laws entitling all students to “a free appropriate public education” designed to meet their unique needs. The District utilized a multi-disciplinary approach, including ESE programming, school counseling/guidance and other related services in an effort to meet the ongoing and evolving needs of this student.

“The District looks forward to the release of the full report as soon as it is legally appropriate”, said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “We accept the recommendations regarding procedural improvements, and are pleased with the overall review, recommendations and findings. We are actively reviewing our policies and procedures, training protocols and data systems in an effort to implement the recommendations in a timely and effective way.”

To view a copy of the report approved for release by the court today, visit our website: https://www.browardschools.com/cms/lib/FL01803656/Centricity/Domain/14019/CEN%

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