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Minnesota: Governor proposes $21M plan for upgrading school safety

  • Mar 3, 2018, Mankato (MN) Free Press: Dayton proposes $21M school safety, mental health investment http://www.mankatofreepress.com/news/local_news/dayton-proposes-m-school-safety-mental-health-investment/article_3fec4eb0-2250-11e8-9038-ef0fe142b822.html Gov. Mark Dayton wants lawmakers to grant $21 million to schools in Minnesota to improve school safety infrastructure and add more mental health services. ... "We have a big task to try to identify people before they commit these horrible crimes and get them the help they need," Dayton said. The governor's Safe and Secure Schools Act would use general fund money to give about $15.9 million to school districts for safety feature upgrades. Districts would receive $18 per pupil for the upgrades; each district would receive at least $22,000 under the formula, according to state officials. That money could be used for more infrastructure, counselors or resource officers, among other things. Districts could apply for grants out of a $5 million appropriation to add more mental health counselors or find other ways to improve student access to mental health care. …