Florida Senate - 2022 SB 672 By Senator Cruz 18-00105-22 2022672__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to school safety funding; amending s. 3 1011.62, F.S.; revising certain allocations to school 4 districts; specifying uses and distribution 5 requirements for certain safe schools allocation funds 6 for the 2022-2023 fiscal year; requiring each district 7 school superintendent to remit specified unused funds 8 from the 2021-2022 fiscal year to the Department of 9 Education by a specified date; authorizing the 10 department, upon request, to redistribute such funds 11 to certain school districts for a specified purpose; 12 providing an effective date. 13 14 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 15 16 Section 1. Subsection (13) of section 1011.62, Florida 17 Statutes, is amended to read: 18 1011.62 Funds for operation of schools.—If the annual 19 allocation from the Florida Education Finance Program to each 20 district for operation of schools is not determined in the 21 annual appropriations act or the substantive bill implementing 22 the annual appropriations act, it shall be determined as 23 follows: 24 (13) SAFE SCHOOLS ALLOCATION.—A safe schools allocation is 25 created to provide funding to assist school districts in their 26 compliance with ss. 1006.07-1006.12, with priority given to 27 safe-school officers pursuant to s. 1006.12. From the total 28 appropriated to the safe schools allocation, each school 29 district shall receive a minimum
safe schoolsallocation as 30 specified in an amount providedin the General Appropriations 31 Act. Of the remaining balance of the safe schools allocation, 32 one-third shall be allocated to school districts based on the 33 most recent official Florida Crime Index provided by the 34 Department of Law Enforcement and two-thirds shall be allocated 35 based on each school district’s proportionate share of the 36 state’s total unweighted full-time equivalent student 37 enrollment. Each school district must report to the Department 38 of Education by October 15 that all public schools within the 39 school district have completed the school security risk 40 assessment using the Florida Safe Schools Assessment Tool 41 developed pursuant to s. 1006.1493. If a district school board 42 is required by s. 1006.12 to assign a school resource officer or 43 school safety officer to a charter school, the charter school’s 44 share of costs for such officer may not exceed the amount of 45 funds allocated to the charter school under this subsection. Any 46 funds appropriated to this allocation in the 2022-2023 fiscal 47 year for the school resource officer program established 48 pursuant to s. 1006.12 shall be used exclusively for employing 49 or contracting for additional school resource officers and shall 50 be distributed among all school districts, regardless of whether 51 the school district chooses to participate in the Coach Aaron 52 Feis Guardian Program. The funding shall be distributed to the 53 school districts based on each school district’s proportionate 54 share of the state’s total unweighted full-time equivalent 55 student enrollment. 56 Section 2. By August 1, 2022, each district school 57 superintendent shall remit to the Department of Education any 58 funds from the 2021-2022 fiscal year which were appropriated to 59 the district for participation in the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian 60 Program established pursuant to s. 30.15(1)(k), Florida 61 Statutes, and which remain unused as of July 1, 2022. Upon the 62 request of the sheriff of the county in which a school district 63 is located, the department may redistribute such funds to any 64 school district that has not previously participated in the 65 Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program, for the purpose of 66 implementing school safety programs in accordance with s. 67 1006.07, Florida Statutes. 68 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2022.