Georgia Gov. Kemp Unveils Plans for School Security Grants

Georgia Gov. Kemp Unveils Plans for School Security Grants

Kemp said his school safety plan will include $30,000 for each of the state’s 2,294 public schools to use for school security.

Gov. Brian Kemp discussed plans Wednesday to set aside $69 million in one-time school security grants.

Kemp said his school safety plan will include $30,000 for each of the state’s 2,294 public schools to use for school security. The funds could be used for hiring officers or installing new technology like video surveillance or metal detectors.

In addition, Kemp said he would add a mental health counselor to all 343 state public high schools who could “engage with struggling students and help provide the resources needed to prevent disruptive, aggressive and potentially violent behavior.”

“The classroom should be a safe haven for students - not a hunting ground for school shooters,” Kemp said.

Kemp also promised a “historic and well-deserved” pay raise for Georgia’s public school teachers, saying he would increase teacher pay by $5,000 during the campaign. He will likely split the raise up over several years.

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