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Most Florida School Districts Pass On Arming Teachers, State Officials Report

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Brynn Anderson
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AP
Most Florida school districts have elected not to arm classroom teachers as part of a requirement to station at least one armed person at each school.

Only 11 of Florida’s 67 county school districts have given classroom teachers the option of carrying guns on campus this school year, according to the latest data collected by the Florida Department of Education.

Armed teachers have been shunned by the state’s largest urban school districts, including Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Orange counties.

Although educators in 11 districts have the option of carrying guns in the classroom, it’s unclear how many are, Damien Kelly, director of the Office of Safe Schools, told state lawmakers this week. The state is not collecting statistics on how many teachers are carrying guns on campus.

Read more at the Sun Sentinel.