April 18, 2019
Senator Aaron Bean
405 Senate Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
Honorable Senator Bean,
Funding for school safety should not be limited to armed personnel. The school district should have more flexibility in deciding how to use funds to secure their schools. Please advocate for amending SB 7030 to allow the school districts to spend the money however they choose to reduce risks.
My understanding is that YOU want the school districts to have the option of letting teachers bring guns into their classrooms. Most school districts are going to choose NOT to let teachers carry guns while they are teaching. Please amend SB 7030 to delete the language that implies that the appropriated funding must be used exclusively for weapons to be brought into the classroom.
Panic buttons or metal detectors might be a better use of the funds. Please let each school district
decide how to use the money.
Lines 234 to 238 of SB 7030 currently reads as follows:
The sheriff conducting the training pursuant to subparagraph 2. will be reimbursed for training-related costs and for providing a one-time stipend of $500 to each school guardian
Charter schools and private schools receiving voucher money should make do with whatever per student funding that the legislators have already allocated to them. And it should not be more than 70% of what the neighborhood schools get. Neighborhood schools act as hurricane shelters, adult schools, parks for the neighborhood, etc. Plus my belief is that most parents want their kids to go to a school close to their home. Please make all the neighborhood schools GREAT before you subsidize the private schools with my taxpayer money.