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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp

New Georgia governor wants to spend $69 million to boost school security

Jan. 16, 2019
Brian Kemp proposes security grants of $30,000 for each of the state's public schools.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has announced plans to spend $69 million for school security grants.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Kemp, who took office earlier this week, also says he will propose an “historic and well-deserved” pay raise for Georgia’s public school teachers. During his campaign last year, Kemp said he would hike annual teacher pay by $5,000.

The governor's remarks came at the Georgia Chamber’s annual Eggs & Issues breakfast.

His school safety plan would allocate $30,000 to each of the state’s 2,294 public schools to use as they see fit for school security—such as hiring officers, installing cameras or metal detectors or improving data analysis.

As another part of the plan, Kemp wants to put a mental health counselor in all 343 state public high schools to “engage with struggling students and help provide the resources needed to prevent disruptive, aggressive and potentially violent behavior.”  

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