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Broward Cty, FL: Board approves $15M in budget cuts; more $$$ for security/mental health

Aug 1, 2018, WLRN, Miami: Broward School Board Approves First Version Of Razor-Thin Budget http://www.wlrn.org/post/broward-school-board-approves-first-version-razor-thin-budget Broward County's School Board has approved the first version of a budget for the 2018-2019 school year, with more than $15 million in cuts compared to last year. At the first public hearing for the budget on Tuesday evening, board members discussed the proposed budget - that would total just over $4 billion- with the Chief Financial Officer for Broward County Public Schools Judith Marte. Multiple board members expressed frustration with the extent of cuts needed to balance the budget. … The state increased certain education funding this year but, in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in February, most of that extra money is dedicated for specific security expenses, such as more school resource officers and mental health counseling services. That allocated funds are not enough to pay for all of the school resource officers the district needs. The school board has had to add an armed guardian program to fill the gaps that law enforcement cannot. …