Broward Pushing Back On State's Plan To Arm School Employees

The Broward School Board is pushing back on the state's plan to arm school employees. 

Instead, the district will ask the state to redirect its portion of the $67 million program to hire more police officers.

The Legislature named its effort to put more guns in schools the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program, after the football coach who was among those killed during a mass shooting at Broward's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February.

The program provides money for 132 hours of firearms training and a stipend for certain school employees to be prepared to shoot active shooters on campus.

Gov. Rick Scott has written superintendents saying he plans to redirect any unused money to fund school resource officers.

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