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house Bill H.R. 7209

Should the Feds Fund School Resource Officers in K-12 Schools?

Argument in favor

School resource officers help make schools safer by maintaining calm learning environments through deterring acts of violence and standing ready to respond should something transpire. Funding the DOJ’s COPS program, which helps local law enforcement hire SROs, will put these valuable resources into more schools.

George's Opinion
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12/31/2018
The 2nd amendment is a federal constitutional law and therefore school officers used to deter those who would abuse our 2nd amendment rights should be funded by the federal government.
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Mr-Moderate's Opinion
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12/31/2018
Yes. We need to accept the world we live in and equip our schools appropriately. I was a school resource officer until the funding was cut. I cannot express the importance of this position. Not only is it continuous extra security for the school but it also allows an officer to develope positive relationships with the students. As it is now the only time schools without an SRO program sees an officer is when something is wrong. Developing positive relationships will make it easier for students and staff to come forward if they hear or see something that isn't right.
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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12/31/2018
House bill H.R. 7209 AKA— the School Resource Officer Act of 2018 I’m in full support of and recommend the passage of this House bill H.R. 7209 AKA— the School Resource Officer Act of 2018 — would authorize the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program in the Department of Justice (DOJ) at $300 million each year from 2019-2022. Of this money, 30 percent of the funds are designated to pay for School Resource Officers’ (SROs) salaries and benefits. When used for SROs, COPS funds could be used to provide up to 75 percent of the salary and benefits for full-time school resource officers (SROs), with a 25 percent minimum local cash match requirement. The maximum federal share of each officer’s pay is $125,000 a year. School resource officers help make schools safer by maintaining calm learning environments through deterring acts of violence and standing ready to respond should something transpire. Funding the DOJ’s COPS program, which helps local law enforcement hire SROs, will put these valuable resources into more schools. SneakyPete........ 👍🏻👮🏽‍♀️👮🏼‍♂️👍🏻. 12*30*18.......
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Argument opposed

School resource officers make schools less safe for students of color, who are more likely to have negative interactions — including being arrested by — these officers. Rather than militarizing schools and treating students as potential criminals, we should spend money on mental health resources to support students.

Donnie's Opinion
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12/31/2018
Money should go toward funding the public schools educational system. Federal Resource officers are a wasteful spending of taxpayers’ money. It’s not the solution to this problem.
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EmmaRowland's Opinion
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12/31/2018
There’s not even enough money to get enough books and desks for all of the students. Where on earth would the money to fund SROs come from? Because if it magically appears, let’s fund the classrooms first.
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Anna's Opinion
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12/31/2018
Take police out of schools. Treat kids like students and not criminals, then we will have more adults going to college rather than prison.
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    IntroducedNovember 30th, 2018
    The 2nd amendment is a federal constitutional law and therefore school officers used to deter those who would abuse our 2nd amendment rights should be funded by the federal government.
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    How about we fund the schools instead?
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    Money should go toward funding the public schools educational system. Federal Resource officers are a wasteful spending of taxpayers’ money. It’s not the solution to this problem.
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    There’s not even enough money to get enough books and desks for all of the students. Where on earth would the money to fund SROs come from? Because if it magically appears, let’s fund the classrooms first.
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    Take police out of schools. Treat kids like students and not criminals, then we will have more adults going to college rather than prison.
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    This is better left to the states. The Federal government has been a failure in public education. States can do better. #MAGA
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    How about we pay teachers what they are worth instead? How about we fund the classrooms instead? The teachers actually need help. 125000?!?!? My mother retired after 30 years as a school teacher and didn’t even make HALF that and she was one of the highest paid in the district. To hell with you guys. Pay teachers. Fund schools. Education is more important than the authoritarian mentality of the paranoid gun cult.
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    Rather than pay for resource officers, why not apply some common sense gun laws? I am a big proponent of our constitution, including the right to bear arms. But we can limit the types of firearms you can buy. We already do it because I can’t buy an automatic weapon or a bazooka. Why can’t we just dial it back a little and keep assault rifles out of circulation?
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    Put that money towards funding public education. The number of SROs has been increased and for what? They have not stopped one school shooting, they tend to escalate behavior instead of de- escalating behavior and the number is student arrests have increased dramatically. Increasing the funding of SROs is not what is needed.
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    Yes. We need to accept the world we live in and equip our schools appropriately. I was a school resource officer until the funding was cut. I cannot express the importance of this position. Not only is it continuous extra security for the school but it also allows an officer to develope positive relationships with the students. As it is now the only time schools without an SRO program sees an officer is when something is wrong. Developing positive relationships will make it easier for students and staff to come forward if they hear or see something that isn't right.
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    Trained by state or local police, not the Feds. Why get all tied up in paperwork.
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    No! What we need are more effective handling of bullies and more mental health personnel to help those that are bullied or have other serious issues. Seems to me a lot of the problems begin with those being bullied. Those who bully should be immediately held responsible and punished accordingly. Too often, these bullies just get to walk away with a slap on the hand and the person bullied either kills himself or other students. Bullies need to have mental health assessments, harsh penalties, or kicked out of school, if they continue to bully. Personally. I say have the NRA pay for it! And while we’re at it, can you tell me how the hell the NRA is considered tax exempt? Please, let’s stop this tax exempt status for ANY political or religious organizations. They have no right to favor any political party, if they are tax exempt. Period. Yet, they are. The only way to stop it is to take tax exempt status from all except the TRULY charitable organizations. Too many are saving hundreds of thousands of precious tax dollars, while possibly laundering money through them! Please, Dems, put a stop to this ASAP! Amen!
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    House bill H.R. 7209 AKA— the School Resource Officer Act of 2018 I’m in full support of and recommend the passage of this House bill H.R. 7209 AKA— the School Resource Officer Act of 2018 — would authorize the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program in the Department of Justice (DOJ) at $300 million each year from 2019-2022. Of this money, 30 percent of the funds are designated to pay for School Resource Officers’ (SROs) salaries and benefits. When used for SROs, COPS funds could be used to provide up to 75 percent of the salary and benefits for full-time school resource officers (SROs), with a 25 percent minimum local cash match requirement. The maximum federal share of each officer’s pay is $125,000 a year. School resource officers help make schools safer by maintaining calm learning environments through deterring acts of violence and standing ready to respond should something transpire. Funding the DOJ’s COPS program, which helps local law enforcement hire SROs, will put these valuable resources into more schools. SneakyPete........ 👍🏻👮🏽‍♀️👮🏼‍♂️👍🏻. 12*30*18.......
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    No. Some states would abuse the funding. For example California would likely have the Resource Officers teaching transgender inclusion classes instead of patrolling the hallways.
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    Rather than militarizing schools and treating students as potential criminals, we should spend money on mental health and bullying, sense most the killings in our schools are kids that have been bullied and have mental health issues. School need more money to help identify and help these kids. Most of the killers in America have been followers of hate groups.
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    No police in public schools, period. This only serves to criminalize children.
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    Fund schools instead.
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    Foreign classrooms are safer and higher educated than ours and they spend a lot less money. Why? Our federal Gov’t is broke! The public schools have lost their Judean-Christian foundation and turned into secular progressive government indoctrination centers. Thats why their unsafe and kids today commit more suicide than ever.
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    You’re not making schools feel safer for minority students and having more school resource officers only enhances the school-to-prison pipeline. We need to adequately fund schools instead especially in low-income parts of the country.
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    Get the fed out of the schools.
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