Dayton proposes $21M school security upgrade

Dayton's proposal Wednesday would give schools dedicated funds for improvements like bulletproof glass and secure entrances.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Gov. Mark Dayton is proposing $21 million in new funding for security enhancements and mental health improvements in Minnesota schools.

The Democratic governor unveiled his proposal Wednesday to give schools dedicated funds for improvements like bulletproof glass and secure entrances. School safety is in the spotlight and on many legislative dockets after the recent deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida that claimed the lives of 17 students and staff members. Sixteen others were injured.

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The plan calls for $15.9 million that will be available for districts to use for brick and mortar things like bullet-proof glass and security locks, and another $5 million for student mental health programs and intervention.

Republicans who control the Minnesota Legislature have suggested similar funding. Dayton's plan also expands mental health services in schools and directs school districts to share information on expelled students with administrators and law enforcement.

The governor says it's the state's responsibility to prevent a tragedy in Minnesota schools.

Dayton is separately calling for stricter gun laws like expanding background checks and raising the age to buy assault weapons to 21. Those measures face stiff odds in the GOP-controlled Legislature.