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Florida superintendents ask for money, flexibility to improve school safety



In the month since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, officials nationwide have reviewed safety and security plans with fresh, newly sobered eyes. Florida school districts performed lockdown drills, identified campus vulnerabilities and asked law enforcement agencies to increase officer visibility.

And on Tuesday, district superintendents told Florida lawmakers they would welcome more state money to help boost school security, they just don't want too many restrictions on how the additional funding should be spent.

Florida's 67 counties are too diverse for a one-size-fits-all approach to improving school safety, a trio of superintendents told the Senate's Education Committee.

"Some schools may need a fence," St. Johns County Superintendent Joseph Joyner said. "Some may need radios. Some may need to change their single-access entry. Some may need personnel."

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[Last modified: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 7:33pm]


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