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Democrat proposes school safety fund in state budget

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A Michigan Senate Democrat has proposed creating a school safety fund and says districts should have flexibility in deciding how the money would be spent.

Senator Darrin Camilleri is the Assistant Majority Leader and also serves on the budget-setting Senate Appropriations Committee. He said the need to improve school safety is evident, but districts know best what the combination of police presence, structural improvements and student mental health should be.

“I’ve added a pot of school safety and mental health money together to give schools maximum flexibility on which direction they’d like to serve their students best. It’s about 343 million dollars,” said Camilleri.

Camilleri also serves on the Senate Education Committee. He appeared on the Michigan Public Television show “Off the Record.”

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