Central Florida Charter Schools Struggle to Pay for On-Campus Officers Required by New Law

Two Winter Garden charter schools planned to buy new computers this year, giving every student on their shared campus one to use.

But when Crystal Yoakum, the CEO of the two affiliated schools, got a look at the numbers, she knew that dream was gone, at least for the current school year.

Like all of Florida’s public schools, Hope Charter School and Legacy High School need to meet the demands of the state’s new school safety law, which requires an officer or armed “guardian” assigned to each campus this school year. The law was passed a month after the February mass school shooting in Parkland.

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