As part of the president’s 2020 budget proposal, the White House highlighted $700 million in programming to address school safety, spread across the Education, Justice, and Health and Human Services departments. While such funds would offer school communities a range of security and mental health grants to choose from, the package would also eliminate the $1.2 billion Student Support and Academic Enrichment grant, as well as $1.2 billion in funding for afterschool programming.
State and local education leaders need a federal budget that lives up to their vision of a comprehensive approach to advancing student health, safety and learning. The 2020 proposal doesn’t come close.
Under the proposed budget, federal agencies would administer 14 competitive programs to secure school buildings, support