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Obama’s 120 Million Dollar School Safety Plan

While the United States may be one of the safer countries in the world to raise your children, according to the U.S. Department of Education, “There are far too many schools and neighborhoods where fear and violence are part of a child’s daily life.” In 2013, President Barack Obama proposed a $120 Million School Safety Plan to help protect the children and communities of America.

The U.S. Department of Education reports that “The President’s school safety-related proposals reflect a national goal of ensuring that all children live in safe neighborhoods and attend nurturing schools that provide them with the services and supports that they need to thrive.” According to The Daily Beast, “President Obama’s 2015 budget proposal includes the finances to create safe schools and intervene early in the childhoods of troubled children, aiming at reducing bullying and boosting children with specific mental health needs.” This budget also includes provision for video surveillance, school safety officers, concrete barriers, and metal detectors. The Daily Beast reports that “School safety experts suggest the best strategies for preventing school shooting complement those approaches, which they refer to as ‘target hardening,’ or making targets more difficult to attack.”

Beverly Kingston, Director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder said, “We want to train schools to detect problems early, and we want to deal with things a lot sooner than when the kid’s really in trouble.” The article explains that while mass shootings may be the most visible form of violence in our schools, nonfatal crime is also an important part of creating safe schools. “Among children ages 12 to 18, nonfatal crimes at schools increased to 52 victimizations per 1,000 students in 2012 (the most recent data available), up from 35 per 1,000 in 2010.”

David Osher, the Vice President of the American Institutes for Research, believes the most important thing is creating environments where slights never escalate to violence. “That means supporting parents and helping them raise emotionally healthy children, making sure children aren’t in harsh environments, and teaching children how to regulate their own emotions. These kinds of supports start as early as preschool,” Osher said. In 2012, President Obama stated, “This job of keeping our children safe, and teaching them well, is something we can only do together, with the help of friends and neighbors, the help of a community, and the help of a nation.”

What will the funds be used for? (Reported by U.S. Department of Education)

“The 2015 budget request will continue the important initiatives included in Now is the Time, the President’s common-sense plan to make our schools safer and protect our children from gun violence.”

  • School Climate Transformation Grants: $50 Million
    “These grants will help schools train their teachers and staff to implement evidence-based behavioral intervention strategies that improve school climate and reduce bullying.”
  • Successful, Safe, and Healthy Students State and Local Grants: $45 million
    “These grants will help states, districts, and schools to meet the specific needs of their communities by supporting programs that improve school climate and student’s mental and physical health.”
  • Project Prevent Grants: $25 million
    “These grants will enable school districts with high levels of violence to provide supports and services to address trauma or anxiety while promoting conflict resolution and other school-based strategies to prevent future violence.”
  • Project SERV (School Emergency Response to Violence): $5 million
    “These grants help restore the learning environment after a natural disaster or violent incident at or near a school, college, or university.”

Additional Information & How to Get Involved

If you would like to learn more about the President’s budget plans and how he hopes to establish programs to create safer schools and communities, you can visit the White House website. To find out more about the school discipline guidance package developed by the Department of Education and Department of Justice, you can visit the official

In 2013, President Barack Obama proposed a $120 Million School Safety Plan to help protect the children and communities of America.


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