Friday, March 09, 2018

Pasco Superintendent Urges Veto of School “Guardian” Funding

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (March 9, 2018) – Pasco Superintendent Kurt Browning is urging Governor Scott to veto the portion of SB 7026 that funds armed school marshals.

Instead of directing the $67 million in nonrecurring funds to pay for school marshals, Superintendent Browning and his colleagues in the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS) are urging the governor to direct the Legislature to reallocate those funds so school districts can use them at their discretion, based on each individual district’s safety needs.
           
“I strongly support funding for school safety measures, but putting this money into a program that virtually no one supports is misguided, and infringes on elected Constitutional officers’ local control,” said Browning.  “For the life of me, I can’t understand why they provide more funding for the marshal program than for placing a law enforcement officer in every school,” he added.  The Florida Sheriff’s Association estimates that it would cost about $400 million for every school in the state to have an SRO.

The governor is expected to sign SB 7026 today.