Governor Rick Scott wants the state to spend $1 million next year on keeping kids attending Jewish schools safe. He made the announcement Monday at the Katz Hillel Jewish Day School in Boca Raton.
Several similar schools across South Florida faced bomb threats and other anti-Semitic acts over the past year.
Scott says he'll direct the state legislature to commit a million dollars in the budget to beef up security on those campuses.
The money would pay for things like video cameras, alarm systems and bullet-proof glass.
Governor Scott said, “Every Florida student deserves to have the opportunity to learn in a safe and comfortable setting. After Florida’s Jewish community received hateful threats last year, we saw the need to provide additional security so the children that attend Jewish Day Schools can learn without having to worry about feeling threatened. While last year’s investment will make a huge difference, we must continue to do more. I look forward to working with the Legislature to provide this important funding and will continue to work with our federal partners and members of Florida’s Jewish community to ensure the safety of families and students.”
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