Broward County Schools Sitting on $100M for School Safety...Since 2014?
It's been a while since we've had a reason to be outraged at Broward County (see Video Shows Deputy Standing Outside During Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting and Hero Student Files Lawsuit Against Broward County Sheriff’s Office). Yet shockingly enough, there's still always new reasons. At this point, there really shouldn't be any other screw ups exposed that left 17 high school students killed.
Then I see this tweet:
The Broward County Schools have been sitting on $100m allocated for school safety since 2014. So many people failed… https://t.co/haowlZyxBa— Hunter Pollack (@Hunter Pollack) 1522195111.0
There is a LOT to digest here.
“In 2014, Superintendent Runcie successfully convinced Broward residents to vote on $800 million in bonds for Broward County Public Schools to invest back into the schools. According to The Qualification Selection Evaluation Committee (QSEC), an anti-corruption measure, there should be a committee of 11 people, five of whom are members from the public, that would decide what companies were given lucrative contracts to manage that $800,000,000 in voter approved projects. Just a year later, Runcie, who was tasked with bringing transparency to the board, moved to bypass those anti-corruption measures by removing members of the public from voting on who received the contracts. School Board member Robin Bartleman opposed removing the public from the decisions saying, “It’s going to be an issue.” She went on to say, “Stuff like this snowballs. Things like this get out of control. I’ve seen it before.”
Robin Bartleman was right. Three years later, the program has been fraught with delays. Robert Runcie’s former special assistant revealed contracts were being awarded unfairly, and cost estimates for projects that are nowhere near completion are booming with as much as 57%. As part of the program, $104,325,821 was designated specifically for school safety. Of that money, only $4,673,508 (roughly 4.4%) has been spent over the past three years. If the school safety money continues to be doled out at the current rate of 1.46% spent per year, Broward Public Schools will not see the entirety of that safety money for another 68 years, or the year 2,086.”
This is the part where I really got stabby:
“It’s not just Broward. There are grants given to states and school districts throughout the country, but often it’s not spent on safety. The parents don’t realize this because they don’t read the 1,200-page reports that bury the information. Students are not safe.”
It's not just their school district. It's your's too.
Now let's play make-believe. Let's say 200,000 people marched on Washington over the weekend looking for common sense, government incompetence reform. What if the speakers all took turns pointing how exactly the system failed these seventeen students. Instead of anti-NRA, anti-Rubio talking points written by the leftists who organized the march.
Granted, MSNBC and CNN wouldn't have given them wall-to-wall coverage. But it still could have been a step toward fixing the actual problem.
Instead, the left blames the NRA and Republicans. Rather than who they should be blaming: local, state, and the federal government.