Stunt action figure Democrat Governor Roy Cooper is back and this time it’s a call for $40 million out of a $130 million proposal to train everyone from “counselors to cafeteria workers” to head-shrink our kids.
All of this in the name of ‘school safety, of course.
Cooper’s proposal in a nutshell:
- $65 million reserve for building improvements related to safety and security at K-12 public schools, state universities and community colleges.
- $40 million in flexible funding for schools to hire additional personnel to support students and youth mental health.
- $7 million to increase the allotment of funds for high school SROs, from
roughly $38,000 per high school to approximately $50,000 per high school. Another $3 million would go to supplement the grant program for officers stationed at elementary and middle schools.
- $444,000 to support the School Risk Management System that provides assistance with risk planning, school-wide exercises and monitoring to each school
The General Assembly has taken the lead in developing more resources for school safety and has set up to sub-committees to look into various aspects of the issue.