State School Safety Funding

Florida currently spends 64 million dollars a year on safe school initiatives. In announcing his budget priorities, Rick Scott is asking for 10.5 million more.

The increase is just 5 cents on the dollar of what Florida’s 67 school boards were seeking.

The school boards originally asked for 200 million dollars enough money to put an armed officer in every school.

"We're going to be asking the Legislature for at least over a 100 million more. Our commitment is to put uniformed officer in every school and that's going to cost in the range somewhere around 150-160 million dollars," said Wayne Blanton with the Florida School Boards Assn.

They are currently surveying each district to find out what is in place and what's needed.

"We've got to do a lot of things to our schools. We got to renovate some old schools so we have a better line of sight and we've got to put more surveillance cameras in old schools than in new schools,” said Blanton.

State Senator Bill Montford represents all of the School Superintendents. He says the need for school safety funding is only going increase.

"But I think it's going to get to be so expensive that we're going to have to have total comprehensive look at no only what we need but how we will fund it," said Montford.

About 5,000 weapons were found in Florida schools in the 2010-11 school year; of those 270 were guns.

Florida’s budget, at 74.2 Billion this year, is the largest in state history, but even supporters of spending more on school safety say it will come at the expense of something else in the education budget.


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