FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Rep. Mark McBride
Phone: (405) 557-7346
Contact: Rep. Rhonda Baker
Phone: (405) 557-7311
Reps. Mark McBride, R-Moore, and Rhonda Baker, R-Yukon, today expressed their support for the Safe Schools Act, supported in Congress by U.S. Sen. James Lankford.
The bill would allow schools to use unspent COVID relief dollars allocated through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund for security measures, including locks, panic buttons, individual room security systems, video surveillance, and hiring and paying the salaries of armed school resource officers. More than $150.1 billion of available federal COVID funds have not been spent by schools.
"These excess funds are already designated for schools, and that money would allow schools to implement new security measures and improve steps they've already taken," said McBride, who chairs the House Appropriations & Budge Subcommittee on Education. "This is a commonsense step we can take today to protect Oklahoma students and students across the country."
"Every student deserves to feel safe at school and every parent deserves to trust that their child will be safe in their classrooms," said Baker, a former educator who chairs the House Education Committee. "I want to thank Senator Lankford for pushing for this measure in Congress so our schools can have another avenue to protect students."
The bill may be viewed here.