The House Appropriations Committee was briefed Wednesday on school funding and school safety provisions in the House budget bill (HB 1). The House budget includes $9 billion in new school funding, above the cost of funding current law (which requires around $4 billion in increases due to student growth and school finance provisions). The bill is not specific about how this funding should be spent, aside from making the additional funds contingent on passage of school finance and property tax reform.

The budget also provides around $100 million for proposals relating to school safety, both with regard to “hardening” of facilities (matching grants to allow districts to install alert systems, metal detectors, etc.) and to mental health issues (grants to provide better access to mental health services).