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Education Department allots $71.6M to boost proactive school safety measures

from Education DIVE

The U.S. Department of Education announced $71.6 million in federal funding to improve school safety and student access to mental health resources, according to a press release. These grants reflect the shift to prevent violence in schools through proactive means like improved mental health services and school climate, rather than hardening schools. Last year, the federal School Safety Commission urged states to take action to physically protect schools, such as removing firearms from at-risk individuals, as well as make it easier for law enforcement and schools to better communicate about potential threats. more

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