A bipartisan group of lawmakers has released a final report on what school districts need to do to keep students, faculty and staff safe.
This report is the culmination of about a year of work since the shooting at. oxford high school Four students were killed and dozens of others were injured and traumatized. Overall, the Task Force’s recommendation is for him to spend $486 million on programs that are roughly evenly split between mental health and school strengthening.
“I’m really excited about the extra money going to mental health. And it was within budget. I think there’s more to be done there,” said Rep. Told.
They also made six recommendations, including kits for extended lockdowns, window ladders on upper floors, and cameras in classrooms to make it easier to hire counselors.
“The good thing is that there are a lot of people who want to be involved in this. The bad thing about us is that we have too many hands in the pot. We need to rationalize this.” .”
But there was one thing they couldn’t agree on. That is gun control. Whether schools can encourage parents to keep guns safe, whether schools should be gun-free zones, whether schools should be involved in extreme risk protection orders or so-called “red flag laws.” Whether or not schools should allow the carrying of guns by staff trained beyond resource officers.
Firearms were a problem during the Task Force’s work. Members ultimately decided that they believed guns and gun safety issues were bigger than schools, but admitted that domestic violence too often spilled over into schools.
In the fall, there were concerns that incoming Democratic leaders in Lansing could undermine both the actual work and the good intentions that got it done by pushing gun control laws into the confines of school task forces. But after conversations with leaders on both sides of the aisle, Breen said he expects both returning Democrats and Republicans to pick up where they left off.
“For the most part, these are nonpartisan issues and there is money in the bank right now. I don’t know what it is,” said Breen.
The task force restarts with eight members. 5 new members. Breen, Meerman and Rep. Ranjiv Puri (Democratic Canton) are back. The parallel School Safety Board, now under the jurisdiction of the Michigan State Police, will be transferred to the Department of Education for better ties with schools. A new session of the state legislature will begin on his January 1st.
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