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Texas district where fatal shooting occurred gets $1 million federal grant

U.S. education department awards funds to Santa Fe Independent District to help it recover from May 18 high school shooting that killed 10.

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $1 million grant to the Texas school district where 10 people were killed last month by an armed student.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says the Department’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students has awarded a Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant to the Santa Fe Independent School District.

The money will help school officials carry out recovery efforts in the aftermath of the May 18 shooting attack at Santa Fe High School.

“No student, parent or educator should have to experience the trauma suffered by so many at Santa Fe High School and other schools throughout the country,” says DeVos

The Project SERV grants provide  funding for school districts, colleges and universities that have experienced  traumatic events and need resources to respond, recover and re-establish safe environments for students.

There are two types of Project SERV awards—Immediate Services and Extended Services. Immediate Services grants provide emergency, short-term assistance to affected education institutions. Extended Services grants assist institutions in carrying out the long-term recovery efforts.

The Santa Fe school shooting left eight students and two substitute teachers dead.

Student Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, has been charged with murder in the attack.

Earlier this week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott unveiled plans to offer $120 million in funding to help strengthen school security across the states.

 

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