MDE Announces $25 Million in School Safety Grants

November 27, 2018 11:13 PM

The Minnesota Department of Education announced Monday that 90 Minnesota public school districts or charter schools have been awarded $25 million in school safety grants.

A release said the grants are meant to be used for security and violence prevention improvements at 123 buildings across the state. The funds can be used to pre-design, design, construct, furnish or equip school facilities.

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5 EYEWITNESS NEWS reached out to several districts that did not receive funding, and many said they were disappointed with the outcome. 

RELATED: Schools Request More than $250M in Grant Money for Security Improvements

The MDE said it received a total of 1,187 completed applications, requesting a total of $255.5 million - more than 10 times the funding available.

"Students and teachers clearly need more support to ensure our kids are safe," Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said in a statement in the release.

"When we have more than 1,000 schools asking for over $250 million in funding to secure their buildings, we must respond with urgency. The school safety grants announced today only scratch the surface. A more comprehensive approach, including efforts to improve school climate, expand mental health services, and enact common-sense gun safety measures is needed." 

Get more information on the grants awarded to Minnesota schools from the Minnesota Department of Education. 


 

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