WI: $100M for school safety not enough say critics

July 9, 2018, Urban Milwaukee: School Safety Grants Stir Controversy The first school-safety grants from a $100-million fund approved by Gov. Scott Walker and the Legislature don’t provide enough mental health training and wrongly subsidize church-run schools, critics say. State Department of Justice (DOJ) records show that, of 750 applications for safety grants submitted by individual schools and school districts, 200 totaling $16.5 million have been approved so far…. Attorney General Brad Schimel was scheduled to announce another $3.5 million in grants to 52 school districts at a news conference today. Officials from more than 20 school districts were expected to attend. Walker and legislators set aside $100 million after school shootings, including the Feb. 14 rampage in Parkland, Fla., high school that killed 17 kids and adults. Although Democratic legislators demanded tougher gun purchase and possession laws, Walker and Republican legislators instead set aside $100 million to make schools safer and provide mental health training for school faculty. The DOJ, run by Schimel, a Republican campaigning for a second term on Nov. 6, approves school safety grants. DOJ said it consulted with several statewide school and safety organizations on criteria for the grants. But two Democrats – one running for governor and one who wants Schimel’s job – say the $100 million should pay for more mental health programs. Specifically, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers, who is running for governor, said more money should be used for: *Community/school mental health grants: Evers said school district administrators asked for $8 million to pay for more mental health services for students, but only $3.2 million is available. *Hiring school social workers: Only $3 million was budgeted to meet needs that total $14 million, Evers said. “Use your authority” as attorney general to fund these programs, Evers challenged Schimel….