On Tuesday, Governor of Tennessee Bill Haslam proposed $30M to improve school safety across the volunteer state.
Check out some stats from @ProEdTN educators surveyed on school safety:— Diane Black (@DianeBlackTN) March 15, 2018
63% said there are NOT enough guidance counselors at their school
98% felt that a school resource officer improved safety
63% felt that properly trained personnel should be allowed to carry a weapon to school
The national conversation around school safety measures has only intensified since the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February, with many calling for metal detectors, more SROs and even the arming of teachers.
However, exactly which school safety measures Haslam's $30M would go to will not be announced until Thursday.
The 2018-19 budget amendment is now available, and it includes proposed funding for school safety, higher education, broadband accessibility, and treatment and recovery services as part of the @TnTogether plan to address the opioid crisis: https://t.co/AYINxrnnOf #TNWillLead— Gov. Bill Haslam (@BillHaslam) March 20, 2018
The TN House Finance, Ways, & Means Committee, vice-chaired by @RepKBrooks, is now hearing about an amendment to add $30 million to the FY 19 budget for school safety. Appreciate @BillHaslam and our legislators commitment to school safety! pic.twitter.com/1yAfNZN29t— Russell Dyer (@drrusselldyer) March 20, 2018
A packed Senate hearing room listens to presentation about Governor’s state budget amendment which includes 30 M for school safety. One lawmaker estimates it means about $50,000 to $100, 000 per TN school. @WKRN pic.twitter.com/5IaqfIxcXs— Chris Bundgaard (@bundgaard2) March 20, 2018
.@McQueenCandice and I just announced an initiative to transform principal preparation, retention, and development. School leaders have a tough job and we must provide them with the support they need. #TNWillLead https://t.co/pQuU3CngEy pic.twitter.com/3T6xDttfvF— Gov. Bill Haslam (@BillHaslam) March 20, 2018