Alloway Calls for Additional School Safety Funding in State Budget

HARRISBURG – Senator Rich Alloway II (R-33) today called on Governor Wolf and legislative leaders to include additional funding in the 2018-19 state budget to improve school safety.

“The tragic school shooting incident in Florida is a reminder that we need to take commonsense steps to ensure our children are not left defenseless against evil people who wish to do them harm,” Alloway said. “We have added layers of security in our airports, our government buildings, and even retail locations.  There is no excuse for not providing adequate security to protect the most vulnerable citizens in our society.”

Lawmakers passed a bill in 2013 sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) that expanded and enhanced a grant program specifically designed to improve school safety. Alloway said that adding new funding to the program would help more schools employ School Resource Officers or School Police Officers and enhance violence prevention and emergency preparedness initiatives.

“Every school has its own unique circumstances and challenges in preventing school violence,” Alloway said. “Boosting funding for school safety is one bipartisan solution that can actually deter violent crimes in our schools and provide a tangible, visible source of protection for our students and school employees.”

Governor Wolf’s proposed 2018-19 budget includes a total of $8.527 million for school safety grants.

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