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Northam announces proposal for adding school counselors, improving school safety

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Posted at 5:46 PM, Dec 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-16 09:49:18-05

RICHMOND, Va. – Governor Ralph Northam announced his proposed budget will feature an additional $39 million for investments to ensure safe learning environments for Virginia K-12 students.

Northam also proposed $36 million to fund additional school counselors for schools across the Commonwealth.

Related: Gov. Northam announces proposal for $268 million investment in K-12 education, teacher pay raise 

“Virginia is a nationally-recognized leader on school safety, but creating a safe learning environment means ensuring all of our students receive proper supports, including access to mental health professionals,” said Governor Northam.

In addition, the governor’s budget will provide $3.3 million to the Virginia Center for School Campus Safety. It will fund critical positions, expand access to training for school professionals, school resource and security officers, and provide additional active shooter training.

It will also add funding for a threat assessment case management tool, enabling consistent tracking and reporting of threat assessment data. It will allow school and state leaders to better understand issues facing schools and direct resources accordingly.