Florida may spend money to boost security at Jewish schools

The Florida afternoon headlines from Tallahassee

The afternoon headlines from Tallahassee include the possibility of more security at Jewish schools as well as  the chances as  of opening up athletic boosters and foundations. They are our afternoon headlines from the state capital.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida may help beef up security at Jewish day schools around the state.

House and Senate budget committees on Wednesday voted to set aside money for security in spending plans being drawn up by the Legislature.

The amounts that legislators set aside range between $254,000 and $500,000.

Rep. Randy Fine, a Brevard County Republican, says the money would go to pay for security upgrades at day schools now serving around 10,000 children. Budget documents say part of the funding go to fences and installing bullet proof glass.

Since Jan. 9, there have been more than 150 bomb threats against Jewish community centers and day schools in 37 states and two Canadian provinces, according to a report issued late last month by the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish group that battles anti-Semitism.


Florida could open up athletic boosters and foundations

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s college athletic booster groups and university foundations could be forced to open their records and books to the public.

The Florida House is moving ahead with a measure to repeal a state law that now allows university groups to keep most of their records private. If the bill becomes law athletic boosters and university foundations could only keep confidential information on the names of donors.

The legislation would also prevent colleges and universities from using taxpayer money to pay for people who work for direct support organizations, which usually raise money to help pay for athletics and other university operations.

The House this year started scrutinizing university spending and requested private records that showed how much university foundations spend on travel and salaries.

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