ST. PAUL – With the goal of prioritizing student safety, Minnesota House leaders unveiled a legislative proposal March 29 that would allocate approximately $50 million for mental health and school safety funding.
State Representative Rod Hamilton (R-Mountain Lake) said the multifaceted approach will allow for the hiring more school resource officers, student counselors and mental health professionals in addition to making critical building security upgrades.
“We are working together on a bipartisan basis towards making our schools safer for our kids,” Hamilton said. Both House Republicans and Governor Dayton have both embraced the need, and I’m very hopeful an agreement can be reached before session ends.”
The proposals making headway in the House that will be included in the comprehensive proposal:
“There’s a sincere willingness to make this happen at the Legislature, and I believe we will put student safety first,” Hamilton concluded.