Gov. Rick Scott proposes $1 million in security funding for Jewish day schools

Scott makes announcement while visiting Katz Hillel Day School of Boca Raton


BOCA RATON, Fla. – Gov. Rick Scott was in South Florida on Monday, where he announced his proposal to set aside $1 million in his 2018-2019 recommended budget for security funding for Jewish day schools.

The announcement was made during a visit at Katz Hillel Day School of Boca Raton.

The governor said the funding would be available to all Florida Jewish day schools to help provide security and counter-terrorism upgrades, such as video cameras, fences, bullet-proof glass, alarm systems and other safety equipment. 

"Every Florida student deserves to have the opportunity to learn in a safe and comfortable setting," Scott said. "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."

Thousands of students attend Jewish day schools throughout Florida.

Scott signed the Fighting for Florida's Future budget earlier this year, which provided more than $654,000 in security funding for Jewish day schools.  

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