Gov. Lee Allocated $140M To Put An Armed Guard In Every School, But There Aren’t Enough Officers To Go Around

May 22, 2023 | Political News

This past session, the state legislature approved Governor Bill Lee’s $230 million dollar inclusion for school-related safety in his budget. 

$140 million dollars of that is allocated to place a full time School Resource Officer in every one of the 1,863 public schools statewide. 

Additionally, there is $30 million dollars assigned to place a homeland security agent in every county to assist in the endeavor of making Tennessee schools safer. The funds will become accessible for use on July 1st when the new budget legislation goes into effect. 

The issue is that there are police shortages statewide – in city, county and state agencies alike.