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Democrat proposes school safety fund in state budget

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A top Democrat on the Michigan Senate Appropriations Committee wants more money for school safety and student mental health. And he wants schools to get to decide how it’s spent. Senator Darrin Camilleri (KAM-ul-LEHR-ee) also sits on the Senate Education Committee. He said today (FRI) that a special pot of money earmarked for school safety could be used for officers, structural improvements and student mental health. He said flexibility for schools is critical.

Camilleri said, “We know that having officers on site does make things safer for all students, but I’m also not a fan of metal detectors – those types of things make it a little bit unsafe for students to feel comfortable when it comes to walking into a school in the first place.”

Camilleri appeared on the Michigan Public Television show “Off the Record.” The Legislature is expected to finalize a K-through-12 schools budget this summer.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network.