More than a dozen school superintendents and dozens of education leaders had a meeting of the minds Friday.
Every person sitting at the table has the same thing in common.
"We have to do everything we possibly can to make sure that our children are safe." Says, Leon County Schools Superintendent Jackie Pons.
The Florida School Board Association suggests safety measures such as uniformed officers at schools and special locks for classroom doors.
But, it all costs money.
The FSBA says $74 million has been suggested in this year's Florida budget to go to school safety.
A representative says that's great compared to last year's $64 million. But, he says public schools need at least $100 million more.
Taylor County's School Superintendent, Paul Dyal, says, "For us to look our parents in the eyes and say, I'm sorry your kid lives 1.8 miles away from the elementary school you're going to have to walk. So, if you're going to talk safety, we need to talk transportation funding."
More than a dozen school superintendents from North Florida had the opportunity to share their frustrations and concerns with each other during the 4th Annual Superintendents Roundtable Friday in Leon County.
Gadsden County Schools Superintendent Reginald James says, "When you don't have the money, you have to cut programs. Certainly we don't have art in our elementary schools any more like we used to, and a lot of other programs have been cut."
The school administrators say they're pleased with Governor Rick Scott's decision to give more to education, but, they hope the legislature backs that up.
Other concerns include performance pay. Some education leaders say there has never been any one mandate that's done more to hurt teachers' morale than teacher evaluations.
Many of the superintendents say they are also worried about E.O.C., which are End of Course Exams. Students have to pass the exams in algebra, biology, and chemistry before they can graduate.
Pons says, "While we support end-of-course exams, we think we should be able to pass them. But, at the same time, retaining students doesn't make any sense. We need to get our students not only ready for college, but ready for the work force."
The Florida Education Commissioner was scheduled to attend the roundtable later in the afternoon. The superintendents had the opportunity to tell him their concerns personally.