Governor Rick Scott unveiled Monday a proposal in the state budget that would allocate $1 million dollars to finance video cameras, bulletproof glass, alarm systems and other safety measures to benefit thousands of Jewish day school students.
The funding comes on the heels of several threats made last year against Jewish institutions in the Sunshine State, including one last February that had students evacuating the David Posnack Jewish Day School in Broward County in the middle of the school day.
The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/2xKFkWC) reported that Wilfedo Ruiz, communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations Florida, applauded the governor for providing aid to a targeted community, but said that Scott was neglecting the state’s Islamic community, which has also been the target of hate crimes.
“We question the capacity of our governor to offer protection to all his citizens when he caters only to the Jewish community,” said Ruiz.
Both Ruiz and the ACLU raised similar concerns last year when Scott allocated $654,000 in funding for improved security measures at Jewish schools.
It is unclear whether the soon to be released full 2017-2018 budget will include additional security funding to benefit other religious groups.