Governor Mark Dayton today announced his proposed Safe and Secure Schools Act, which would provide $15.9 million in needed revenue to enhance safety for students, teachers, parents, and staff at schools throughout Minnesota.
Governor Dayton’s proposal would dedicate this revenue for school safety improvements and to provide needed support to students who may be a danger to themselves or others. The proposal also includes an additional $5 million for school-based grants that would provide mental health services to student who need added support.
According to media reports, at least 21 threats have been made against Minnesota schools since the Parkland, Florida shooting three weeks ago.
In addition to his Safe and Secure Schools Act, Governor Dayton today urged the Minnesota Legislature to work together to pass legislation this session that would help reduce gun violence and make it harder for criminals to access guns in Minnesota.
“Minnesota students, parents, and teachers need all of our schools to be safe places to learn and grow,” said Governor Dayton. “Our mission is to prevent every school shooting. To succeed, we must take action now. I urge the Legislature to act this session to improve school safety and reduce gun violence in Minnesota.”
Gun violence remains a challenge in Minnesota and across the United States. At least 879 Minnesotans have died as a result of criminal gun violence since two students were killed in a school shooting at Rocori High School in Cold Spring, Minnesota in 2003.
According to the Minnesota Department of Health, firearm homicides are the leading cause of violent death for Minnesotans under the age of 9, while firearm suicides are the leading cause of violent death for all Minnesotans.
Safe and Secure Schools Act
The Safe and Secure Schools Act proposed by Governor Dayton would advance broadly-supported policies to improve the safety of Minnesota students.
The Governor’s proposal would increase school funding by $18 per student, totaling $15.9 million in 2019, to help school districts and charter schools identify and assist students who exhibit red flags to school officials and law enforcement and make needed safety improvements to school facilities. The proposal also includes an additional $5 million for school-based grants that would provide mental health services to student who need added support.
To learn more about how Governor Dayton’s Safe and Secure Schools Act would improve the safety of Minnesota students, click here.
Other Legislation Supported by Governor Dayton to Reduce Gun Violence
In addition to his Safe and Secure Schools Act, Governor Dayton supports a number of legislative proposals that would help reduce gun violence and make it harder for criminals to access guns. Governor Dayton today called on the Legislature to take action to reduce gun violence this session by passing the following measures.
· Enact Red Flag Law – At least 24 Minnesotans were killed by a current or former intimate partner in 2017. More than 50 percent of these deaths were the result of firearms. Governor Dayton supports measures to allow family members and law enforcement personnel to ask a judge to temporarily suspend a person’s access to firearms, if they have documented evidence that the person poses a serious threat to themselves or others.
To learn more about legislative proposals supported by Governor Dayton to reduce gun violence and save lives, click here.