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Rep. Fasano calls on Gov. Scott to fund officers in elementary schools



Rep. Mike Fasano, a Pasco County Republican, has joined the growing call of Floridians pushing for armed officers in all the state's elementary schools.

Fasano sent a letter to Gov. Rick Scott on Friday urging him to add the expense to his 2013 budget proposal. "While this no doubt will be an expensive proposition," Fasano wrote, "no price tag can be placed on the lives of the precious children our public schools are entrusted with each and every day of the school year."

The superintendent and sheriff of Leon County sent a similar request to the governor earlier this week.

Pasco schools superintendent Kurt Browning, by contrast, told a parent on Tuesday that he had no intention of placing armed officers in elementary schools. He said it sends the wrong message.

By Friday, though, Browning had moderated his stance. He told the Gradebook that more parents had asked him to reconsider, and if the money were available, he would look into the issue further. As it stands, Browning noted, the district already spends about $500,000 for resource officers in middle and high schools, and it faces another revenue shortfall next year.

"I am certainly open to it," Browning said.

Story here. Stay tuned.

[Last modified: Friday, December 21, 2012 1:25pm]


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