State Rep. Jason Wentworth today announced the centerpiece of a new plan to improve school safety in Michigan.
Wentworth proposes creating a safe schools commission to review safety procedures in Michigan schools and provide resources to make security improvements in local districts across the state. Legislation connected to the plan is expected to be introduced Tuesday in the Michigan House.
“There is nothing more important than the safety of our children – including their safety at school,” said Wentworth, of Clare. “We must do all we can to provide a safe, secure school environment so students and teachers can focus on learning. This plan is a critical part of making Michigan schools the best they can be to ensure a brighter future for our state.”
Wentworth’s proposal is part of a school safety plan detailed today by Michigan House leaders and Gov. Rick Snyder.
The safe schools commission would evolve from a task force charged with making school safety recommendations by the end of this year. The commission would develop a system to audit safety procedures in Michigan schools and distribute grants to make the highest-priority security improvements.
The Michigan House measures call for a liaison within each school district to report to and work with the commission.
The comprehensive plan calls for school inspections and evaluation of emergency procedures, funding for school security upgrades and increased exposure of Michigan’s OK2Say program, enhanced staff training and other measures.
“I am thankful for the meetings we’ve had with local teachers, superintendents and law enforcement to help develop this plan,” Wentworth said. “We are all dedicated to protecting our kids.”