Georgia Schools to Receive $2.5 Million in Federal Funding for School Safety
GEORGIA – October 3, 2018 (ajc.com) According to an online news report from ajc.com, Georgia schools will receive $2.5 million in federal funding for school safety improvements. The funding is part of an effort by the U.S. Justice Department to address school violence in the wake of the recent shooting in Parkland, Florida.*
Grants in the total amount of $70 million will be distributed to more than 40 states in the U.S. through the Justice Department and via local law enforcement agencies, school districts, and other organizations. Georgia’s school districts are set to receive $2.5 million in grants.
The Bureau of Justice Assistance’s STOP School Violence Threat Assessment and Technology Program is providing $19 million across the nation through 68 awards. Georgia’s Fulton County schools will receive $184,935 of this grant money and will use the funding to support training for creation and operation of threat assessment and crisis intervention teams. It will also be used in Fulton County to develop technology for anonymous reporting systems, including mobile phone applications, hotlines, or websites.
In addition, the STOP School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Program is providing almost $28 million across the U.S. through 85 awards. Georgia schools will receive $622,295 of this grant money, to be distributed to Fulton County, Savannah-Chatham County, and Richmond County. The districts will use this funding to provide training and education on preventing violence in schools and effectively responding to related mental health crises.
Lastly, the COPS Office School Violence Prevention Program is providing $25 million around the country to 91 jurisdictions. Georgia schools will receive $1,768,550 of this grant money, to be distributed to DeKalb County, Chatham County, Coffee County, Dade County, and Ben Hill County. The districts will use this funding for coordination with law enforcement to improve school safety.
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