Gov. DeSantis issues school safety Executive Order ahead of Parkland anniversary

Credit: Governor Ron DeSantis Press Office
Credit: Governor Ron DeSantis Press Office(WCTV)
Published: Feb. 13, 2019 at 3:53 PM EST
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By: WCTV Eyewitness News

February 13, 2019

TITUSVILLE, Fla. (WCTV) -- One day before the one-year anniversary of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 19-45 in an attempt to improve the safety of Florida schools.

“Although protecting our students is a perpetual process, there are steps we can take immediately to improve safety in our schools” said Governor DeSantis. “While we cannot bring back the innocents lost, we can honor their memory by learning from the mistakes that were made and resolving to swiftly correct all of those within our control.”

The Executive Order will direct the state Department of Education to audit all 67 county school districts to learn of types of school-based discipline diversion programs and the requirements for each program (cost, impact on the school, etc).

DeSantis' Executive Order also directs the DOE to work with the Department of Juvenile Justice to review the programs, work together to develop best-practices for programs and says for the DOE to take steps to provide a centralized, integrated system of data to improve access to timely school safety information.

For the full executive order,