D.A.R.E Funds

POSTED BY: News Department
Monday, April 21, 2003 - 10:42 PM
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The fight against drugs in schools looks like it’s going to be a losing battle. The fight to balance the state budget is forcing cutbacks everywhere, including the D.A.R.E. program taught in schools. The house budget has a plan that would eliminate a 3.5 million annual subsidy for the program, but other studies say it's effective. Zanesville’s police chief Eric Lambes agrees with the program. The program was implemented in Zanesville fifteen years ago. Currently, the city has one officer who services the eight city schools and two catholic schools. The county also has the program with designated officers who teach it. Lambes says although the cuts could affect various D.A.R.E programs in Ohio, he is confident about the program sticking around in Zanesville’s future. He also says that his office has already received funding for the upcoming year.

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