What happens if President Obama's school safety propositions pas - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

What happens if President Obama's school safety propositions pass?

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) -
President Obama made school safety propositions part of his new initiative to reduce gun violence. Schools across the nation are now brainstorming additional safety components to their existing plans, but where will the funding come from and is it enough? 

The president's proposals include a new comprehensive school safety initiative, which if passed by Congress, would allow schools across the nation a total 150 million dollars, allowing schools to hire up to 1,000 new resource officers and counselors.

 Roles the proposal said can be filled through this year's U.S. Department of Justice office of Community Oriented Policing Services. 

"We've administered programs identical to these in the past. Our COPS and schools program, which we administered through 2000 and 2005 was a very popular successful program at about 6,400 resource officers throughout the country," said Corey Ray with COPS.

If this proposal passes, the next question is how will that $150 million be divided? 

According to the Texas Education Agency, the state has the second largest school enrollment in the nation. 

So, does that mean Texas would receive a larger slice of the $150 million?

Let us say, hypothetically, it is divided equally among the nation. If you take $150 million and divide it by 50 for every state and then by 1, 227 (which is the number of school districts including charters in the state) that leaves roughly 2,445 dollars per district in the State of Texas. 

Roy Knight, Lufkin ISD's superintendent, said that just  will not be enough.

"When you do the math that really quantifies the commitment to sincere school safety," Knight said.

Tyler Independent School District said any bit helps. 

"Well, what we would do should extra should extra dollars become available, we would look at the most efficient ways to utilize that money. Specifically, we would look at adding additional security and police officers for the campuses, adding cameras, updating monitoring systems, and just making sure that we were up to date," said Dawn Parnell with TISD. 

COPS said should their agency end up allocating the funds, each school district will be responsible for applying for either a resource officer, safety equipment or whatever they feel is necessary to ensure the safety of their students, faculty and staff.

Copyright 2013 KLTV. All rights reserved. 

  • NewsMore>>

  • Day 3 of Troup Murder Trial: Scales takes the stand

    Day 3 of Troup Murder Trial: Scales takes the stand

    Thursday, July 20 2017 10:01 PM EDT2017-07-21 02:01:06 GMT
    The defendant, Joshua Scales, takes the stand to testify today in the Smith County Courthouse.The defendant, Joshua Scales, takes the stand to testify today in the Smith County Courthouse.

    On Thursday, Joshua Scales, an East Texas man charged with murder, took the stand to testify on day three of the trial. Joshua Scales is on trial for the summer 2016 murder of Jordan Ladue in Troup. 

    More >>

    On Thursday, Joshua Scales, an East Texas man charged with murder, took the stand to testify on day three of the trial. Joshua Scales is on trial for the summer 2016 murder of Jordan Ladue in Troup. 

    More >>
  • SFA picked sixth in preseason poll; Jacks take part in SLC Media Day

    SFA picked sixth in preseason poll; Jacks take part in SLC Media Day

    Thursday, July 20 2017 8:25 PM EDT2017-07-21 00:25:09 GMT
    SFA football picked ot finish sixth in the SLC.SFA football picked ot finish sixth in the SLC.

    With the beginning of Stephen F. Austin's 91st season of football rapidly approaching, head coach Clint Conque, junior defensive lineman Lamont Alexander and sophomore wide receiver Tamrick Pace completed the first official football event of the year by taking part in the 2017 Southland Conference Football Media Day at Hilton Americas in Houston.  After learning they were picked to finish sixth in the 2017 Southland Conference preseason poll...

    More >>

    With the beginning of Stephen F. Austin's 91st season of football rapidly approaching, head coach Clint Conque, junior defensive lineman Lamont Alexander and sophomore wide receiver Tamrick Pace completed the first official football event of the year by taking part in the 2017 Southland Conference Football Media Day at Hilton Americas in Houston.  After learning they were picked to finish sixth in the 2017 Southland Conference preseason poll...

    More >>
  • Prayers asked for severely injured Lone Star firefighter

    Prayers asked for severely injured Lone Star firefighter

    Thursday, July 20 2017 8:21 PM EDT2017-07-21 00:21:22 GMT
    (Source: Linda Shirley Campbell)(Source: Linda Shirley Campbell)

    An East Texas community is coming together after a volunteer firefighter was severely injured.  

    More >>

    An East Texas community is coming together after a volunteer firefighter was severely injured. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly