ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 47) – School safety was a big topic last year in St. Paul and it is again this year.
State legislators met Monday afternoon to see what can be done.
Senator Carla Nelson of Rochester, who chairs the education committee, introduced two new parts to the omnibus bill.
One part would mean increased revenue going to schools to purchase new technologies and security systems.
Nelson said she believes last year’s veto from the governor is in the past and they’ve learned more about how to properly keep kids safe at schools, allowing each plan to be localized.
“That’s why this bill has local control. It’s additional money for safe schools, called ‘safe school aide.’ It’s the same for every school district, as far as how many more dollars per student are allocated. Then there are 10 different uses in how they can use that money and it’s gonna be different in each school district. That’s why it’s so important that we allow that kind of flexibility in how those funds are used,” said Nelson.
The other bill would provide money for teachers to get suicide prevention training and coming up with better ways to dispose of unclaimed medications at schools.
The bills are moving on to the judiciary committee for further discussion.