Governor Desantis signs bill to allow teachers to be armed

Governor Desantis signs bill to allow teachers to be armed

Fox News reports that the bill was an expansion of the state's "Guardian" program and opens the door for any teacher "to carry a weapon if his or her school district approves".

Many Democrats and teacher unions contend the program would strip away money from cash-strapped public schools. The greater irony is that Gregory was appointed by Gov. DeSantis. The organizations then use the contributions to provide voucher-like scholarships for largely low-income students to go to private schools. "If you empower parents regardless of income, the parents will make the best decision". "I was told how badly they wanted to send their child to the school they felt was best for them". "What this will do, in one fell swoop, you're offering opportunity for thousands and thousands of low-income students". Republicans, however, emphasized that in some districts - particularly rural ones - law enforcement officers could take more than 15 minutes to arrive at some schools if there is an active shooter.

The governor said training is the key.

But DeSantis said the Florida Tax Credit program has about reached its capacity, which contributed to the need to create the Family Empowerment Scholarship Program.

"I've never tried to denigrate the school districts. because the vast majority of students are going to go there", he said.

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The $130 million Family Empowerment Scholarship program was a top priority for the Republican-led Legislature and DeSantis, who signed it during a ceremony at a religious school in Miami Gardens, a city with a predominantly African American population. Bishop Vaughn McLaughlin - the founder of Potter's House Christian Academy in Jacksonville, a 23-year-old school that serves mostly low-income and minority children - said the scholarships will give a leg up to many students who otherwise could not afford to get out of their low-performing district schools. "The historic educational initiatives passed by the Florida Legislature this session are a resounding victory for students and parents across our state".

Several groups including the League of Women Voters (LWV) and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) lined up against the bill.

"The Family Empowerment Scholarships bill would make changes again to Florida's teacher bonus program - Best and Brightest - with this program being ineffective in recruiting and retaining teachers in Florida".

The Florida legislation lays out a set of rules by which public school boards, teachers, charter schools, and law enforcement authorities must abide before any such program can take shape.

"The voice of the public is once again being ignored by Florida legislators", said League of Women Voters of Florida President Patricia Brigham.

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