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.
Josh Nathan-Kazis is a staff writer for the Forward. He covers charities and politics, and writes investigations and longform.
Questions Over $650K Grant To Florida Jewish Schools