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Interim Ky. education commissioner visiting JCPS before making audit recommendation

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The Kentucky Department of Education announced Friday that Lewis will meet with key JCPS staff and members of the Jefferson County Board of Education as part of his Wednesday and Thursday visits, which will include on-site stops at schools in the district. The department also said he plans to make his recommendation on the audit, which began Feb. 14, 2017, by the end of the month.

Atherton High School students participate in National School Walkout Video included

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Students across the country -- including some here in Louisville -- walked out of class on Friday to raise awareness about gun violence.

Proposed redistricting would affect 4 New Albany Floyd County elementary schools Video included

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Hundreds of students in the New Albany Floyd County School District could be sent to new schools next year because of a change in redistricting. 

Jefferson County school board members unsure when to expect audit after Pruitt's departure

The Jefferson County Board of Education voted to support the 'Males of Color' Academy on Tuesday night; it is expected to open in 2018-19 year. (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB News) The Jefferson County Board of Education voted to support the 'Males of Color' Academy on Tuesday night; it is expected to open in 2018-19 year. (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB News)
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Two of those board members – Chris Kolb and Chris Brady – said they had expected Pruitt to release the audit this week. “That’s what we were told, that it would come out this week,” Kolb told WDRB News. “Obviously I don’t think that that’s probably going to happen now.”

Christian Academy of Louisville launches Biomedical Science program to prepare students for college Video included

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Christian Academy of Louisville has launched a program aimed at preparing students to be tomorrow's medical professionals. 

Stephen Pruitt resigns as Kentucky education commissioner Video included

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Pruitt signed a four-year contract to serve as Kentucky’s education chief in October 2015. His ouster comes a day after Gov. Matt Bevin appointed seven new members of the 11-person education board

Former Louisville mayor Jerry Abramson accepts 'Executive in Residence' role at Spalding University

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He is expected to help the school develop academic programs focused on juvenile criminal justice reform and restorative practices.

Bevin clarifies apology during news conference praising new board of education appointees Video included

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During a news conference Tuesday morning, Gov. Matt Bevin said he expects the state board of education to do the right thing for Kentucky, but he wouldn't speculate about the future of Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt. 

Vice chair of Ky. education board: Commissioner Pruitt says he didn't share details of audit with JCPS

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But Rich Gimmel, the board's vice chairman, added that such a move, if it happened, "would be a serious breach of trust by" Pruitt.

Kentucky education commissioner's fate could be decided at Tuesday board meeting Video included

Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt
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Pruitt held a town hall meeting at Atherton High School on Monday to discuss new graduation requirements as the Kentucky Department of Educations starts its revision process, and afterward, he told WDRB News that Tuesday’s special meeting could be good news or bad news.

JCPS opens application period for anyone hoping to start a charter school Video included

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The two-month window to submit applications runs from April 16 through June 15.

JCPS board votes to waive Friday as an instructional day, keeping May 31 as district's final day of school

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The JCPS board voted unanimously to wave Friday as an instructional day, meaning the district's last day of school will remain May 31. 

JCPS launches e-newsletter for information on upcoming events, resources for parents and more

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JCPS has a new way for you to keep up to date on what's happening with the district. 

Students at John Hardin High School walk out to show support for teachers

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Classes were in session in Hardin County Friday, but students at one high school took to the streets to show their support for teachers rallying to restore funding for public education in Frankfort. 

Simmons College receives $200,000 donation to help with tuition assistance Video included

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Simmons College has received a major donation and a big boost toward its mission.

Teachers line up early for Friday's education rally in Frankfort Video included

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The rally was scheduled to start at 9 a.m., but teachers were lined up as early as 7 a.m. 

JCPS superintendent asks legislators to 'support' teachers ahead of Friday's rally in Frankfort Video included

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JCPS will not have school on Friday after more than 2,500 teachers called out ahead of rallies in Frankfort. 

Schools across Louisville hold walk-ins to protest cuts to education funding Video included

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Teachers, students and staff at several schools in Louisville came together Thursday to protest cuts to education funding.

JCPS cancels classes for Friday because of the number of teacher absences Video included

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The Jefferson County Teachers Association had called for teachers to use a personal day on Friday to make their presence felt at the Capitol.

Growing number of Kentucky schools to close Friday because of teacher rally

A growing number of schools are closing Friday, April 13, 2018, so teachers can protest in Frankfort. A growing number of schools are closing Friday, April 13, 2018, so teachers can protest in Frankfort.
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Here's the list of schools planning to close April 13 so teachers can go to Frankfort. 

Ky. Department of Education 'very close' to releasing JCPS audit, commissioner says Video included

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“We are very close to release,” Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt said in response to a question during Wednesday’s Kentucky Board of Education meeting. “… There’s one key piece that we’re waiting on.”

JCPS teachers' wish lists for books and iPads funded by surprise donation Video included

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A donation from a San Francisco technology company funded 98 JCPS teacher’s classroom wish lists.

Bullitt County Schools to close Friday because of expected teacher absences Video included

Bullitt County Public Schools to close on Friday, April 13, 2018 because of expected teacher absences. Bullitt County Public Schools to close on Friday, April 13, 2018 because of expected teacher absences.
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The district posted a note on social media from Superintendent Keith Davis explaining the decision. 

JCTC closing its nationally recognized early childhood development center Video included

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Jefferson Community and Technical College will close its Early Childhood Development Center in the summer.

Teachers will make presence felt when Ky. lawmakers return to Frankfort, but how many remains to be seen Video included

Teachers across Kentucky are considering another rally in Frankfort before the General Assembly adjourns. Teachers across Kentucky are considering another rally in Frankfort before the General Assembly adjourns.
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Trimble County Schools has already announced it will close on Friday so teachers and staff can be in Frankfort, and the Jefferson County Teachers Association has asked its members to take a personal day on Friday so they can urge legislators to override Gov. Matt Bevin’s vetoes on budget and tax bills that passed April 2.

Salem Community Schools propose $4.3 million in improvements residents say would spike their property taxes Video included

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Improvements to schools in one southern Indiana district are needed but could come at a cost to residents who live there. 

Ky. Education Association backs – then abandons – medical marijuana for education, pension funding

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The Kentucky Education Association’s Delegate Assembly ultimately decided to approve a more general stance that backs any legislation that generates revenue for the state’s education and pension systems.

Funding secured for school resource officers at every Harrison County school campus Video included

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Expect more police presence in some southern Indiana school districts. 

Gov. Bevin says strike by Ky. teachers would be 'irresponsible' and 'illegal' Video included

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Teachers have been vocal opponents of pension reform and budget cuts, although lawmakers who supported the two-year spending plan passed April 2 were quick to point out that the budget boosted per-pupil funding for the state’s public education system.

Registration now open for JCPS kindergarten readiness camp

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Incoming students will get instruction from early learning teachers on necessary skills that will contribute to the students' success in kindergarten.

Meyzeek Middle School students become face of healthy living campaign in Smoketown Video included

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The campaign encourages people to manage their diabetes and quit smoking.

Charter school openings in Ky. could be delayed as funding not included in budget, tax bills Video included

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Charter schools currently receive the same per-pupil funding as traditional public schools after lawmakers reopened the current two-year budget and inserted that language as charter legislation passed during last year’s legislation session. 

U of L's new president meets students, staff Video included

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University of Louisville's new president greeted students and staff at the Belknap campus Wednesday morning, one day after being named to the job. 

Neeli Bendapudi, provost at University of Kansas, named next president of University of Louisville Video included

Nelli Bendapudi will start May 15, 2018 as U of L president. Nelli Bendapudi will start May 15, 2018 as U of L president.
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Bendapudi, a 54-year-old native of India, becomes U of L’s 18th president and the first female and person of color to hold the position.

Thousands of Ky. teachers voice their displeasure with pension reform bill by marching on Capitol Video included

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School districts across the state closed, either for spring break or to attend Monday’s demonstration, as teachers marched on the Capitol, armed with signs and chanting slogans like, “Vote them out,” “Fund our schools,” “We will remember,” and “West Virginia,” an allusion to that state’s recent teacher strike for pay raises.

IMAGES | Thousands rally in Frankfort protest pension reform bill, education cuts Video included

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Officials say Monday's rally is expected to be the largest in Frankfort since 1988. 

Despite no school, teachers deliver food to JCPS students in need over spring break Video included

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More than 1,200 JCPS teachers called out absent on the Friday before spring break. 

Kentucky Education Association plans statewide pension rally at the Capitol on Monday Video included

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KEA president Stephanie Winkler says teachers called out on Friday to show how serious they are taking the pension issue. 

WDRB gets a behind-the-scenes look at JCPS security guards Video included

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JCPS has more than 150 in-school security monitors or guards at more than 80 school mostly middle and high schools, and a smaller number of elementary schools.

Jefferson County Teachers Association will challenge legality of Ky. pension bill Video included

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 McKim criticized lawmakers for rushing an amended version of Senate Bill 151, which started as a bill on wastewater services before the House inserted pension reform language, through the legislature.

Teacher absences force Kentucky school districts to call off classes Video included

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The state's largest district, JCPS, had 20 percent of teachers call out on Friday. 

Ky. Attorney General announces intentions to file lawsuit over hastily passed pension reform bill

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Andy Beshear has announced his intentions to file a lawsuit after a last-minute pension reform bill passed through the Kentucky House of Representatives and Senate on Thursday night.

Pension benefits for future Kentucky teachers set for big changes under bill passed Thursday Video included

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Senate Bill 151, which was amended in the House and passed by both chambers Thursday, would place newly hired teachers into hybrid cash balance retirement accounts, which share qualities with defined-benefit and defined-contribution pensions.

Hundreds of Kentucky teachers jam Capitol Rotunda to protest controversial pension bill Video included

Kentucky teachers packed the Capitol Rotunda to protest the pension bill. March 30, 2018 Kentucky teachers packed the Capitol Rotunda to protest the pension bill. March 30, 2018
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A dozen school districts in the state closed Friday over teacher absence. 

JCPS pushes back high school graduation schedule as a result of March 30 closure

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Here are the new dates for the last day of school, as well as high school graduations.

Kentucky Senate passes hastily filed pension reform bill; school districts across the state cancel class hours later Video included

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A last-minute pension reform bill has passed though Kentucky House of Representatives after a contentious debate on the floor.

JCPS superintendent releases plan to move district forward Video included

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In announcing the plan, Dr. Marty Pollio said uncertainty surrounding the ongoing audit of the Kentucky Department of Education is a concern, but believes the plan fits the department's priorities. 

JCPS schools in the Highlands see new push to involve neighbors and Metro Government Video included

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There's a new push by city leaders to get more involved with schools and surrounding neighborhoods. 

JCPS board approves staff reorganization plan for district Video included

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Tuesday’s action is the first in what could be a series of staffing changes at JCPS after the council’s review found structural incoherence in some areas of the district’s organization.

Graduation schedule announced for 2018 JCPS high schools

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It's almost that time, JCPS seniors.

Marty Pollio accepts 4-year contract as superintendent of JCPS

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The Jefferson County Board of Education unanimously approved the agreement with Pollio following a 25-minute closed session before Tuesday's school board meeting.

duPont Manual students who marched in D.C. hope to keep momentum going Video included

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Those who traveled to Washington, D.C., kept a full schedule of interviews to broaden their coverage of Saturday’s march.

Tully Elementary students lunch at Le Moo in lesson on fine dining Video included

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The reason the restaurant owner agreed with the field trip, and what the 4th graders learned in the process. 

Jefferson County Board of Education set to consider reorganization plan Tuesday Video included

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While the district’s payroll would increase $181,656 each year under acting JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio’s proposal, JCPS expects to save $195,983 by hiring a general counsel and not contracting outside legal services at an average yearly cost of $420,983.

SUNDAY EDITION | Murky circumstances surround investigation into Academy @ Shawnee athletics director Video included

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JCPS says Harry Vinegar, who has been at Shawnee since July 6 and handled middle and high school sports, was reassigned on Jan. 23 pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation, and the district withheld public records that could explain the nature of that inquiry.

Signs of gains but plenty to improve at 6 JCPS priority schools, KDE finds

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KDE conducted reviews at Marion C. Moore School, Olmsted Academy North and Western High School from Jan. 21 through Jan. 24 and Westport Middle School, Roosevelt-Perry Elementary School and Thomas Jefferson Middle School from Feb. 5 through Feb. 8.

Students leave Louisville to take part in Saturday's 'March for Our Lives' in Washington Video included

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The teens will join others to help raise awareness about gun control and violence in schools. 

Teachers having a huge impact on debate over pension reform in Frankfort Video included

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Hundreds of Kentucky teachers rallied outside the state Capitol, hoping to bury a proposed pension overhaul. 

Students brave cold to rally for school safety on Capitol steps Video included

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More than 80 students, parents and teachers gathered outside the statehouse as part of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence’s Student Voice Team’s March For Our Lives Kentucky rally, many bearing signs that spelled out their frustrations.

Bill delays replacement of ISTEP exam in Indiana schools Video included

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The ISTEP exam faced complaints about length of testing time and the wait for results.

JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio declines invitation to join SCALA

JCPS Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio JCPS Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio
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Pollio cited that stance in a statement Monday announcing his decision against joining SCALA, saying he would participate at the conclusion of an ongoing state audit of JCPS “or if the group considers stepping away from that position.”

Life Lesson | Volunteers teach TJ Middle School students how to tie a tie Video included

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The goal of the annual event for the hundreds of boys who take part. 

New report says after-school programs in Louisville are on the rise

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After school programs, like the ones at the California Community Center, provide structured and supervised activities for kids after classes are over.

Hardin County Schools to open child care center for teachers and school employees Video included

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Teachers with Hardin County Schools will soon have their own child care services.

Teachers and local leaders hold 'walk-in' for public education at Atherton H.S. Video included

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The demonstration came about a week after Gov. Matt Bevin called teachers who oppose a pension reform bill that has stalled in the Kentucky Senate “selfish” and “uninformed” during an interview on Campbellsville radio station WVLC.

U of L's Board of Trustees to hold special meeting Sunday regarding presidential search

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Earlier this month the board cut down the field of candidates for the position from about 50 to 10.

UPDATE: Health officials plan to reopen Henryville schools March 19 after hepatitis A concerns Video included

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School officials are citing one reason in particular why they believe it will be safe for students to return to classes.

Spalding University tries to kick up donations for new soccer and softball complex in west Louisville Video included

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Spalding University calls a new athletic complex right on the border of west Louisville a win, and the school plans to kick fundraising into high gear. 

Ky. education commissioner backs legislation that would improve violence prevention, security at schools

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The legislation would authorize $50 million in federal grants each year to train students and teachers to identify potential threats before violence breaks.

WDRB SPECIAL REPORT | Are school buses going too fast? Video included

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In just minutes, we clocked eight buses speeding. And that was just the start.

Father of Marshall County survivors tells Bullitt East students to be kind and seek help if needed Video included

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Rather than hold a 17-minute walkout like other schools across the country in honor of shooting victims at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., as part of National School Walkout Day on Wednesday, Bullitt East invited Cosner to speak to an assembly of hundreds of students.

Thousands of Kentuckiana students take part in national walkout to protest gun violence Video included

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Hundreds of thousands of students across the country took part in the ENOUGH National School Walkout Wednesday, including thousands of students from schools in Kentucky and Indiana. 

duPont Manual students hope nationwide walkout sparks change in response to school shootings

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About 900 duPont Manual High School students participated in the National School Walkout in honor of the 17 Florida shooting victims on Wednesday, with students across the country walking out of class for 17 minutes in memory of those lost in the Feb. 14 violence.

Lowe Elementary School students celebrate 'Kindness Day' Video included

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The day started with a "kindness pledge" at 9 a.m.

Students preparing walkout Wednesday to inspire change to country's gun laws Video included

Hannah Terry is preparing to walk out of class Wednesday to protest gun violence. Hannah Terry is preparing to walk out of class Wednesday to protest gun violence.
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Students across the county will walk out of class at 10 a.m. Wednesday for 17 minutes to honor the 17 lives lost int he school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Changes on the way for JCPS alternative schools

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Changes up for consideration include separate programs and facilities for middle and high school students as well as partnering with the district’s Academies of Louisville program to expose students to career-centric learning experiences, the district said in a news release.

Bill requiring more mental health professionals in schools passes House Budget Committee Video included

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In response to the deadly school shooting in Marshall County in January, a proposed bill in Frankfort would aim to protect students by providing more mental health services.

duPont Manual needs to do more to develop sense of community at school, audit says

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The audit is one investigation called for in the aftermath of Mayes’ recorded comments, in which he compared instances he felt discriminated against with those experienced by African-Americans.

'Men of Quality' holds 22nd Lifestyle Choices Forum for Jefferson County students Video included

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The Men of Quality mentoring program held its 22nd Lifestyle Choices Forum at the University of Louisville Student Activity Center Tuesday. 

Louisville-area schools plan for students to walk out of class Wednesday to protest gun violence Video included

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The ENOUGH National School Walk-Out is scheduled for Wednesday, March 14, exactly one month after a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, killed 17 people.

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