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School Safety Effort Backed By Northwoods Legislator


Governor Scott Walker unveiled Thursday a 100-million-dollar plan directed toward improving school safety in Wisconsin. The plan calls for the creation of the Office of School Safety under the Wisconsin Department of Justice. The plan also includes establishing a 100-million-dollar School Safety Grant Program under the Office of School Safety. Walker has called for a special session in the state legislature..

Assembly Republican Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander praised Walker's approach..

"....I'm happy the Governor has taken this issue on head on. He looks like he's going to invest $100 million into a package of bills that he's called a special session on. It looks like the state Assembly more than likely will be headed to the floor to take up these bills the middle of next week..."

The plan requires mandatory reporting for for any threats of school violence and amending the bullying statue to include prompt parental notification. State Assembly State Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling criticized the plan and accused the governor of siding with the National Rifle Association and ignoring student concerns about guns.

Wisconsin Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling says the governor is ignoring student pleas for gun control. Shilling's news release says the bills do nothing to enhance background checks or keep domestic abusers from buying guns.

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