As part of new money devoted to safer schools, Gov. Kate Brown is dedicating $3.3 million for school safety specialists.
Brown announced Thursday that she is using money from the federal Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund to help pay for school safety and prevention system specialists at education service districts.
Combining the relief fund money with funding from the Student Success Act and the suicide-prevention Adi’s Act will allow all 19 Oregon ESDs to employ a full-time specialist. The specialists, working with the Oregon Department of Education Safe and Inclusive Schools team, support initiatives to improve students’ mental and emotional health.
The Oregon Department of Education will also be receiving nearly $8.3 million from the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act to address gun violence through creating more inclusive and supportive schools.