Gov. DeSantis signs controversial bill arming teachers in Florida public schools

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That program allowed some employees - but not classroom teachers - to receive weapons training and then carry guns on school property.

DeSantis signed the bill in private Wednesday and issued no statement.

The Palm Beach County School Board passed a resolution in April 2018 that the school district would not allow teachers to be armed. The measure signed by DeSantis expands the eligibility of a so-called guardian program put in place a month after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, where 17 students and staff were killed.

The bill goes into effect on October 1. "The Marjory Stoneman Douglas bill, people had disagreements on, but ultimately".

Volunteers must undergo police-style training and a psychiatric evaluation. Under a previous law, passed immediately after the February 2018 Parkland shooting, only teachers who had another role at school, such as sports coach, were eligible to carry weapons on campus.

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The Florida legislation lays out a set of rules by which public school boards, teachers, charter schools, and law enforcement authorities must abide before any such program can take shape.

Democrats spent hours arguing against the bill, saying it could lead to accidental shootings, or that a teacher could panic and fire during a confrontation with students.

Twenty-five of Florida's 67 school districts take part in the program, including Broward County, where Parkland is located.

The bill also has other aspects designed at protecting students, including standardized risk assessment for students deemed to be a threat and new guidelines for school-based mental health.

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