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A makeshift memorial outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, 2020. Photo: Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Families and survivors of a 2018 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, reached a $25 million settlement in their lawsuit against the Broward County school district Monday, per the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Why it matters: The deal was reached in the suit over the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High after the school district won a Florida Supreme Court ruling that could have capped damages at $300,000 in total without approval from the state legislature, AP notes.

Details: The suit alleged that negligence was "a contributing factor" that led to a former student opening fire at the school, killing 17 people and wounding 17 others, Miami broadcaster WPLG reports.

  • David Brill, the families' attorney, told reporters on Monday that 52 families affected by the massacre would be included in the settlement, which will also go to several people left with severe trauma from the shooting.
  • He didn't disclose how much each would get, but said relatives of the 14 students and three staff members killed would receive the largest amount and this would be divided equally, according to AP.

What to watch: The family of a severely wounded student is pursuing its own lawsuit, while the other families have suits pending against the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the school's armed resource officer and two security guards, AP notes.

  • Nikolas Cruz, the 23-year-old man accused of carrying out the shooting, is expected to plead guilty to 17 counts of first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted murder on Wednesday, per the New York Times.
  • The Broward County school district declined to comment.

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Michigan AG offers to investigate school district's actions ahead of shooting

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. Photo: Mandi Wright/Detroit Free Press/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Sunday her office has offered to conduct an independent review of the Oxford school district's actions in the lead up to last week's high school shooting in which four were killed and seven others were injured.

The latest: The owner of the studio where the parents of the alleged shooter had stayed overnight before being taken into custody is cooperating with authorities, and claims to have had no knowledge of their overnight stay or the charges against the couple, AP reported.

Dec 6, 2021 - Podcasts

A school’s responsibility in a mass shooting

The investigation continues into last week’s shooting at a Michigan high school. Over the weekend, the parents of the 15-year-old suspect who shot and killed four of his classmates and injured seven others were charged with involuntary manslaughter for their role in the deaths. Now the school’s culpability is in question.

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Guests: Catherine J. Ross, law professor at George Washington University, and Axios' Jonathan Swan.

Credits: Axios Today is produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries. The team includes Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Julia Redpath, Alexandra Botti, Nuria Marquez Martinez, Alex Sugiura, Sabeena Singhani, David Toledo and Jayk Cherry. Music is composed by Evan Viola. You can reach us at podcasts@axios.com. You can text questions, comments and story ideas to Niala as a text or voice memo to 202-918-4893.

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Letter comparing parent protests to domestic terrorism triggers funding fallout

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The nation’s leading school board advocacy group is facing a critical loss of funding and membership after sending a letter comparing parent protests and threats to domestic terrorism.

Why it matters: The National School Boards Association has since apologized, but the fallout could be seven figures in annual funding. At least 17 state affiliates have severed ties with the group — and some are even considering establishing a competitor.