Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul (D) has requested $2.2 million in the upcoming state budget for the Justice Department’s Office of School Safety. The office was founded in 2018 in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting, and has since made $100 million in federal grants available to bolster school security measures.
The Office of School Safety has been instrumental in providing training to teachers to help them address bullying and other incidents in their classrooms, as well as establishing a 24-hour staffed tip line for students and teachers to report any suspicious activity.
Gov. Tony Evers (D) is expected to release his executive budget next month, which will be subject to consideration by the Legislature’s Republican-controlled finance committee. Evers has the power to use line-item veto to rewrite the budget should he disagree with any of the proposals.
The Attorney General is hopeful that the Legislature will approve the $2.2 million request to ensure the Office of School Safety can continue its efforts towards making schools a safer place for students and teachers.