Give Now

Holcomb Requests $5M More For School Safety Funding

Gov. Eric Holcomb wants lawmakers to deliver $5 million more this year for schools to spend on safety upgrades.

Gov. Eric Holcomb wants lawmakers to deliver an additional $5 million this year for schools to spend on safety upgrades.

Indiana currently spends $10 million a year for school safety grants, which fund security improvements and school resource officers.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) says lawmakers are prepared to deliver that money and help fund an audit by the Department of Education of all school safety plans.

“DOE feels there might be a cost to that, a fiscal for them, so we need to talk about how to do that,” Long says.

READ MORE: McCormick Says Improvements Needed In School Safety Policy

House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says the legislature will also move forward with another Holcomb request.

“We’re requiring the Department of Homeland Security to coordinate with local officials on school safety,” Bosma says.

Holcomb says the department’s work will produce recommendations for school safety improvements by August.

Want to contact your legislators about an issue that matters to you? Find out how to contact your senators and member of Congress here.

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From