It’s frustrating to think that there’s money sitting around not being put to good use, when there are so many problems in this country. Now, some Republican Senators want to put some unused money to work to keep our children safe by hardening schools.
Republican lawmakers say there’s $150 million of covid-19 relief money, meant for schools, that hasn’t been spent. Several of them want to put it to good use as soon as possible, “hardening” America’s schools. “Sen. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., has partnered with Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont, and Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., and Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., in pushing forward a new bill, the “Safe Schools Act,’ Rep. Mike Garcia, R-Calif., is introducing a companion bill in the House,” reports Fox News.
School hardening means different things to different people. Basically, it means making a physical school building safer. That could mean live video feed to the police, panic buttons, requiring a card to enter the building, more fencing and more.
“While we made some progress in previous legislation to make our schools stronger, harder, and safer, certainly there is more that can and must be done immediately to protect kids. What happened in Uvalde was a horrific tragedy. While many have been quick to play politics, one thing we can all agree on is that Congress must act to harden schools. For these reasons, I am introducing this legislation that allows the abundance of unused COVID relief dollars to be diverted to secure schools in Kansas and throughout the nation,” Marshall told Fox News Digital.
Unbelievably there is one person who does not “believe in” school hardening. Biden’s Press Secretary said, after the Uvalde tragedy, “[t]here’s been conversation about hardening schools, that is not something that he believes in.” The “he” she was referring to is Joe Biden.
Regardless of what Joe Biden “believes,” the Republican led bill would make unused covid-19 relief money available for schools to purchase “locks, panic buttons, individual room security systems, video surveillance” and hire armed school resource officers, reports Fox News.
The bill doesn’t stop there. It would also make it possible for schools to take actions such as installing metal detectors “and other deterrent measures and emergency notification” systems. The bill would allow funding for student violence prevention training, and to better equip law enforcement and school administrators for the unimaginable which has become all too imaginable. Security measures could include an “anonymous reporting system for threats of school violence, including a mobile telephone application, hotline, or internet website.”
This is an urgent matter and there is no time for delay, regardless of Joe Biden’s “beliefs” on the matter. We must act now to keep America’s kids safe at school. Can you think of any reason Biden would not “believe in” the proposals in the bill?