Gov. Ron DeSantis Visits Titusville With Sheriff Ivey, Issues Executive Order To Improve School Safety

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'protecting our students is a perpetual process'

ABOVE VIDEO: Gov. Ron DeSantis visited the Barbara A. Pill Law Enforcement Facility in Titusville to issue an Executive Order with Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey and Andrew Pollack in attendance on Wednesday.

BREVARD COUNTY • TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA – Gov. Ron DeSantis visited the Barbara A. Pill Law Enforcement Facility in Titusville to issue an Executive Order with Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey and Andrew Pollack in attendance on Wednesday.

The executive order is focused on improving the safety of Florida schools.

The announcement comes nearly one year after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida where 14 students and three staff members were murdered on February 14, 2018.

“Although protecting our students is a perpetual process, there are steps we can take immediately to improve safety in our schools,” said Governor DeSantis.

“While we cannot bring back the innocents lost, we can honor their memory by learning from the mistakes that were made and resolving to swiftly correct all of those within our control.”

Gov. DeSantis was also joined by Andrew Pollack who lost his daughter Meadow Jade Pollack in last year’s massacre.

“What drew me to the Governor was when spoke he spoke of accountability,” said Pollack. “That word (accountability) has haunted me since my daughter was murdered on February 14.”

“Ever since that day, I’ve been fighting for accountability.”

Gov. Ron DeSantis visited the Barbara A. Pill Law Enforcement Facility in Titusville to issue an Executive Order with Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey and Andrew Pollack in attendance on Wednesday.

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Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey thanked Gov. DeSantis for visiting the Barbara A. Pill Law Enforcement Facility and knows the Governor is in law enforcement’s corner.

“Long before he was sworn as Florida’s Governor, he had already taken a strong stance on public safety. He took a strong stance saying he would stand with law enforcement by making sure our communities are safe,” said Sheriff Ivey.

“He made a commitment and is dedicated to lowering our crime rate and keep our boot firmly planted on the throat of crime.”

Specifically, Executive Order 19-45 does the following:

• Directs the Department of Education (DOE) to audit all 67 county school districts to ascertain any and all types of school-based discipline diversion programs in place, such as the “PROMISE” program in the Broward County School District.

• Specifies that the audit should determine the requirements for eligibility and operation of these programs, the costs of these programs, their stated impact on school and public safety and whether there is evidence to support their continuation, closure or regulation in law.

• Directs DOE to direct all county school districts to expeditiously provide the information requested.

• Directs DOE and the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) to work in partnership to review and analyze these programs and states that the assessment must, at a minimum, determine whether there is adequate information or evidence available to draw an informed conclusion about the efficacy of these programs and their impact on school and public safety.

• Directs DOE and DJJ to further work together to develop best practices and consistent criteria for school-based discipline diversion programs and directs DJJ to complete and submit a report to the Executive Office of the Governor and the Legislature by July 1, 2019.

• Directs the Commissioner of Education to reopen and extend the application period for participation in the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian program to April 1, 2019, allowing sheriffs who wish to participate in the program the opportunity to apply.

–  To date, over $50 million of the funds appropriated for the current fiscal year remain unallocated.

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• Directs the Commissioner of Education to immediately communicate to all school district superintendents how to implement compliance with Florida Statutes regarding safe-school officers (school resource officers) and guardians.

• Directs DOE to immediately take all necessary steps to provide a centralized, integrated data repository and data analytics resources to improve access to timely school safety information, by August 1, 2019 prior to the 2019-2020 school year, with the full support of the Departments of Children and Families, Law Enforcement and Juvenile Justice, and the courts pursuant to requirements of Section 1001.212(6)(a)-(e), Florida Statutes.

– Section 1001.212(6)-(9), Florida Statutes, laid out that DOE was supposed to coordinate with FDLE to provide a centralized, integrated data repository and data analytics resources by December 1, 2018. The deadline passed without the requirements being met, which Executive Order 19-45 calls “unacceptable.”

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