52 Wisconsin schools, districts awarded safety grants; $40M remains unspent

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel on Monday awarded $3.5 million in grants to 52 schools and school districts to enhance building safety and training for faculty and staff.

More than $40 million remains up for grabs, he said.

Republicans passed legislation earlier this year that lays out $100 million for school safety upgrades and safety training. The measure requires schools to create a safety plan with local police to be eligible to receive the money.

A total of 735 schools and school districts have requested funding. Milwaukee Public Schools’ request for a safety grant of more than $3 million is pending. 

Schimel said the program improves the physical safety of buildings and established a meaningful way to strengthen response to mental health crises.

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