School Safety Plan approved by the Assembly


Governor’s plan to bring more security to the schools of Wisconsin was approved by the vast majority of the Assembly. It was voted 78 pro and 8 contra at Thursday. The plan does not deal with any gun regulations. Instead it is focused on prevention of the catastrophic events like it was in Newton, Columbine High School massacre and Marjory shooting.

According to the plan schools will gain access to $100 million in grants for security upgrades. It will require annual school safety drills. Gov. Scott Walker. is supposed to sign the bill. The plan is backed by newly created $100 million fund. It was presented by Governor himself and consists of: Establishing the Office of School Safety under the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Creating an $100 million School Safety Grant Program under the Office of School Safety, Requiring Mandatory Reporting for any threats of school violence, Amending bullying statue to include prompt parental notification<, Incorporating Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) into training programs, Strengthening school safety plan requirements, Encouraging cooperation with local law enforcement. Let's compare it to the plan, which was presented by the Democratic party: Once adopted it will increase aid for school mental health programs, Create $24 million in grants to help school districts develop programs to prevent violence, Provide funding for the Wisconsin Safe and Healthy Schools Training and Technical Assistance Center to address school violence, Allow school boards to discuss safety in closed session and exempt safety plans from the open records law.

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