El Paso – El Paso's three largest school districts will be the first in Texas to find ways to consolidate their security plans and their combined $15 million budgets.
The Texas Legislature partly tackled a $27 billion shortfall by cutting some $4 billion in public education funding. But funding used for police, campus monitors, surveillance and other equipment remained largely untouched.
The El Paso Times reports a new bill passed by state Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso requires his city's three largest districts to explore ways to consolidate the independent forces that protect their schools (http://bit.ly/qwtsm5).
As of now, no other Texas county is required to discuss such consolidation options.
Information from: El Paso Times, http://www.elpasotimes.com
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