Florida Senate - 2019                                     SB 712
       By Senator Cruz
       18-00885A-19                                           2019712__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to school safety funding; amending s.
    3         1011.62, F.S.; specifying distribution requirements
    4         for certain safe schools allocation funds for the
    5         2019-2020 fiscal year; requiring each district school
    6         superintendent to remit specified unused funds from
    7         the 2018-2019 fiscal year to the Department of
    8         Education; authorizing the department to redistribute
    9         such funds to certain school districts for a specific
   10         purpose; providing an effective date.
   12  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   14         Section 1. Subsection (15) of section 1011.62, Florida
   15  Statutes, is amended to read:
   16         1011.62 Funds for operation of schools.—If the annual
   17  allocation from the Florida Education Finance Program to each
   18  district for operation of schools is not determined in the
   19  annual appropriations act or the substantive bill implementing
   20  the annual appropriations act, it shall be determined as
   21  follows:
   22         (15) SAFE SCHOOLS ALLOCATION.—A safe schools allocation is
   23  created to provide funding to assist school districts in their
   24  compliance with s. 1006.07, with priority given to implementing
   25  the district’s school resource officer program pursuant to s.
   26  1006.12. From the total appropriated to the safe schools
   27  allocation, each school district shall receive a minimum safe
   28  schools allocation as specified in an amount provided in the
   29  General Appropriations Act. Of the remaining balance of the safe
   30  schools allocation, two-thirds shall be allocated to school
   31  districts based on the most recent official Florida Crime Index
   32  provided by the Department of Law Enforcement and one-third
   33  shall be allocated based on each school district’s proportionate
   34  share of the state’s total unweighted full-time equivalent
   35  student enrollment. Any additional funds appropriated to this
   36  allocation in the 2019-2020 2018-2019 fiscal year for to the
   37  school resource officer program established pursuant to s.
   38  1006.12 shall be used exclusively for employing or contracting
   39  for additional school resource officers and shall be distributed
   40  among all school districts, regardless of whether the school
   41  district chooses to participate in the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian
   42  Program. The funding shall be distributed to the school
   43  districts based on each school district’s proportionate share of
   44  the state’s total unweighted full-time equivalent student
   45  enrollment, which shall be in addition to the number of officers
   46  employed or contracted for in the 2017-2018 fiscal year.
   47         Section 2. Each district school superintendent shall remit
   48  any funds from the 2018-2019 fiscal year which were appropriated
   49  to the district for participation in the Coach Aaron Feis
   50  Guardian Program established pursuant to s. 30.15(1)(k), Florida
   51  Statutes, and which remain unused as of July 1, 2019, to the
   52  Department of Education. The department may redistribute such
   53  funds to any school district that has not previously
   54  participated in the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program, upon
   55  request by that school district, for the purpose of implementing
   56  school safety programs in accordance with s. 1006.07, Florida
   57  Statutes.
   58         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.