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Is the Senate really ready to have the arming teachers fight … again?

It comes as no surprise that the legislature would waste little time introducing legislation after hearing about the implementation of SB 7026 – the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Act passed last session – and the MSD Public Safety Commission’s 99 recommendations for improving the legislation.

This week the Senate Education Committee, chaired by Sen. Manny Diaz (R-Hialeah Gardens) released SPB 7030, a proposed committee bill that will allow for classroom teachers to be armed.  SPB 7030 will be heard by the Senate Education Committee at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12.

The committee room will be packed. The Moms Demand Action Group was busy this week in the halls talking to lawmakers, and they are standing with FEA – only trained law enforcement should be carrying weapons on campus. We expect the Senate Education Committee to be a sea of red shirts Tuesday.

We encourage you to take a look at the members on the Senate Education Committee and, if your senator is on this committee, please call their office at home or in Tallahassee. Tell the aide who answers the phone that you support only trained law enforcement personnel carrying weapons on campus. Classroom teachers and education support professionals are hired to educate, not carry weapons.

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