Skip To Content

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Fast Forward

Questions Raised About $650K Florida Security Grant To Jewish Schools

Florida’s new state budget includes a $650,000 grant for security at Jewish schools — a line item that’s raising questions among First Amendment advocates, the Miami Herald reports.

The item was included in this year’s budget in response to the bomb threats to Jewish institutions that spread fear across the country. Those bomb threats were later found to be hoaxes, perpetrated by a young Jewish man from his apartment in southern Israel.

According to the Herald, the funding would support security needs at private Jewish schools across the state. Critics say it could be unconstitutional.

“The fact that the funding singles out one religion raises serious concerns about unconstitutional discrimination, whether intentional or not,” ACLU of Florida legislative counsel Kara Gross told the Herald.

Florida’s governor, Rick Scott, has yet to sign the budget.

Contact Josh Nathan-Kazis at [email protected] or on Twitter, @joshnathankazis.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.