Southside Independent School District police officer Ruben Cardenas, center, keeps watch as students arrive at Freedom Elementary School, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023, in San Antonio. Most Texas school districts say they are unable to comply with a new law requiring armed officers on every campus. The mandate was one of Republican lawmakers' biggest acts following the Uvalde school shooting in 2022 that killed 19 children and two teachers.

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A new state law requires schools to have armed guards. But many are having a hard time hiring officers.

Posted on · The state allotted a total of $15,000 per campus to fulfill the requirements of HB 3, while the going rate for armed security guards with the necessary training can hover around $85,000 in parts of the state.

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