PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Most schools want counselors, not resource officers, to keep their campuses safe.

New money provided by Arizona's School Safety Program grant showed two-thirds of school administrators requested money for social workers.

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But there is not enough money in the fund to fulfill all of the requests.

In total, schools filed 896 applications for roughly $97 million to fill the positions, according to the Arizona Department of Education.

[RELATED: AZ School Board affirms plan for more resource officers, counselors on campuses]

That leaves the state about $77 million short as the schools are competing for a piece of the $20 million appropriated by the state legislature and Gov. Doug Ducey.

[RELATED: Some schools may have option to replace SROs with counselors]

The governor responded on Twitter by saying in part, "We're grateful schools are participating. We are committed to adding more dollars for counselors, social workers and (School Resource Officers)."

[RELATED: Mesa Public Schools working to beef up campus security]

However, his office did not provide any further details when contacted by Arizona's Family.

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A spokesman for the education department said they are reviewing the requests and expect to award the money in December.

 


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