$8 million federal grant to turn Broward schools into prisons

Program aims to make Broward schools safer

Posted on Thu, Mar. 20, 2008


(Miami Herald) – The Broward school district has launched a multimillion-dollar initiative aimed at making public schools safer.

Project Bridge, funded by an $8 million federal grant that stretches over four years, will tackle issues like violence, drug prevention and mental health.

The district is partnering with the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, the state Department of Children & Families and United Way of Broward County.

As part of the program, the district will enhance its anti-bullying policy, expand clubs that focus on prevention of drug and alcohol use and increase the number of mentors for at-risk students.

The grant is part of the federal Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative.

At a ceremony Tuesday morning, Broward Schools Superintendent Jim Notter said the district and its partners must come up with ways to keep the project going once the grant money runs out.


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