The Florida Department of Education’s budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, which began July 1, includes $100 million in mental-health spending.
The state agency’s budget request contains an additional $1.4 million to install school resource officers in each Florida public school. “It wasn’t easy — quite an amazing feat — but I would like to thankfully report that, at the conclusion of last week, every single public school in the state of Florida, including charter schools, have coverage from school safety officers of some type as allowed by state law,” Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran stated during a meeting to approve the budget, says a news report.
All public schools must have trained, armed security officers in schools under legislation passed shortly after the Feb. 14, 2018 shooting in Parkland, Fla., says the report. Some schools are still having trouble complying with the legislation, says the report.