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Florida Gov. Rick Scott asks legislators to use unused money to hire school resource officers

Posted at 8:26 AM, Aug 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-22 08:32:29-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is asking state legislators to give school districts an additional $58 million to hire more school resource officers.

Scott wants to take the money from the state’s guardian program, which many of the state’s 67 school districts opted against participating in. Under that program school districts were eligible to receive money to train school staff to act as armed guardians on school campuses.

Most districts have tried to hire police in order to meet a new mandate that state legislators passed in the aftermath of the shooting of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. But districts have struggled financially to meet the mandate.

Legislators set aside $67 million for the guardian program, but so far only $9 million has been spent.