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Hillsborough County Schools meet with state lawmakers to discuss security, mental health

Thursday marks one year since the shooting massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Hillsborough County School Board members invited state lawmakers to their schools to see what challenges the district still faces for security and mental health funding.

Thursday marks one year since the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

On Monday morning, state Rep. Michael Beltran, R-Hillsborough, is scheduled to visit Rodgers Middle School in Riverview and Newsome High School in Lithia. State Rep. Jackie Toledo, R-Hillsborough, is also scheduled to visit Plant High School in Tampa.

The Hillsborough County School Board plans to ask lawmakers to increase funding for security and safety needs such as yearly operating funds for school security officers, funding for campus hardening and providing more dollars to hire more counselors for student mental health services.

A Florida Senate committee is planning to meet Tuesday afternoon on school safety and security.

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