TODAY, Tuesday, March 26th, SB 7030 will be up for its next vote in the Senate Infrastructure and Security Committee. Instead of properly addressing the needs facing Florida’s teachers, staff and students, this bill is a quick and inexpensive fix that ignores the systemic failure facing our state’s education system.
If your Senator is listed below call them NOW and urge them to stand up for school safety by voting NO on SB 7030.
|🚨Tom Lee||📞 (850) 487-5020|
|🚨Keith Perry||📞 (850) 487-5008|
|🚨Aaron Bean||📞 (850) 487-5004|
|🚨Janet Cruz||📞 (850) 487-5018|
|🚨Ed Hooper||📞 (850) 487-5016|
|🚨Travis Hutson||📞 (850) 487-5007|
|🚨Linda Stewart||📞 (850) 487-5013|
|🚨Annette Taddeo||📞 (850) 487-5040|
If school safety was truly a concern for the Legislature, they would choose to support funding for critical services such as resource officers for every school and a sufficient number of trained mental health professionals. This bill ignores the important role guidance counselors, school psychologists and social workers have in the education system.
Professional educators know, and the voting public agrees, that teachers should not be armed with guns; instead they should be armed with better salaries and working conditions.
Tell the members of the Senate Committee on Infrastructure and Security NOT to arm teachers and to vote NO on SB 7030.
- Student and staff safety is an issue of the utmost importance; we must address the underlying causes of bullying and violence on school campuses including mental health issues.
- Florida’s schools are woefully understaffed with average student to staff ratios of 458:1, 1,951:1 and 2,003:1 respectively for school counselors, psychologists, and social workers.
- The National Association of School Resource Officers says,
“If a school determines the need for armed security, properly trained school resource officers (SROs) are the only school personnel of any type who should be armed. Our organizations believe that arming educators would cause more harm than good.”
- Each of Florida’s 67 counties has unique needs, and each county knows best how to invest in ensuring student safety. The legislature must support local control and allow for flexibility in how school safety money is spent.
- Please oppose any legislation that would allow more guns carried on campus by anyone other than trained law enforcement.
- The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Commission presented dozens and dozens of recommendations towards school safety. Arming teachers should be the last recommendation considered by the legislature – not the first.
- Teachers have a paramount duty to educate our students. They already take on more responsibilities than just teaching – they shouldn’t be asked to handle a firearm to protect their students as well.
Call the Senate Committee on Infrastructure and Security and tell them NOT to arm teachers and to vote NO on SB 7030