SCHOOLS: Hours after the Florida Senate approved a bill allowing public school teachers to carry guns in the classroom, Polk Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd said it won’t be happening here. “The sheriff has not come to me asking to arm any teachers,” she said, adding Polk’s 150 public schools will continue using armed guardians or school resource officers.
RELATED: Sheriff Grady Judd has criticized school districts that decline to arm teachers, saying they are removing a valuable tool to protect children, Fox 13 News reports.

FILM: Check out a showcase of some of Florida Southern College’s best short student films at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Polk Museum of Art.

COUPLE: Before Benny Glass and Jessie Lane opened their Glassroots community farm in Lakeland, they learned about agriculture through a program that offers room and board to people willing to help out at organic farms.

MUSIC: Laura Davis profiles rock musician Michael Ridgway in a new weekly feature called Polk Rising.

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