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Lawmakers Approve School Safety Funding During Special Session

Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) says the latest legislation builds on previous school safety investments. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

Indiana schools will now have access to a little more money to upgrade their safety infrastructure.

The new money is possible through legislation approved during Monday’s one-day special session of the General Assembly.

The school safety bill adds $5 million to a fund for schools to access for safety upgrades. House Democratic Leader Terry Goodin (D-Austin) supports that – but also says it falls far short of what’s needed, when broken down by how much each school could get.

“And that’s a travesty in the state of Indiana to say that we go back and we made schools safer by giving them $7,000," Goodin says. "$7,000 won’t even replace a school door.”

READ MORE: McCormick Says Improvements Needed In School Safety Policy

But Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) says that $5 million is added to $45 million the legislature already appropriated for school safety upgrades.

“It is at local need, so therefore they determine what they need by the building-by-building issue,” Brown says.

The bill also has provisions to enhance cyberbullying laws in school and require audits of every school’s safety plan.

This post has been updated.

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