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School safety bills backed by education and law enforcement coalition introduced

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A coalition of school and police organizations are on board with legislation to keep Michigan schools safe.

If the bills pass, how much money would be put toward things like, school resource officers and building improvements, would be worked out during the budget process if the bills pass. But members of the coalition say, in an ideal world, the state would put 120 million dollars toward school safety.

Blaine Koops is the executive director of the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association.

“What we’re looking at is, we’re looking at a holistic approach here and not just a single prong approach.”

The legislation would put money toward things like building improvements, and more school safety officers and counselors in schools.

Another bill would require threats of violence against schools be reported and increase penalties for the threats.