Proposed Ohio Package Calls for $17M Investment in School Safety

Crisis plan assistance and a hotline would be some of the programs implemented.

Ohio’s governor is proposing initiatives that would provide safety and security grants for K-12 campuses.

Gov. John Kasich proposed the package on Wednesday that, if approved, would be available through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, reports the Associated Press. Of the $17 million proposed, $10 million would be designated for public schools, and $7 million would be dedicated to private school safety and security.

Additionally, the package would offer free assistance to districts with safety plans via a $1.9 million federal emergency management grant that already exists. Training would also be provided. Currently, 84 of Ohio’s schools either don’t have a plan or their plans are outdated.

The plan also includes publicizing an existing hotline designed to accept tips on possible incidents, including suicides, shootings and bullying.

Technical assistance is also being provided by the Center for P-20 Safety and Security, as well as the DHS.

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