The Democratic governor announced he plans to ask the Republican-controlled General Assembly to approve $36 million in new spending to better address students' emotional needs.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam wants to boost state spending on school counselors as a way to keep kids safer.
The Democratic governor announced Thursday that he plans to ask the Republican-controlled General Assembly to approve $36 million in new spending to hire more school counselors and better address students’ emotional needs.
Northam said he also wants to spend $3.3 million to help increase safety training for school officials, including active shooter drills.
Republican leaders have pledged to make school safety a key topic of next year’s legislative session and are also recommending additional spending on counselors and training.
Northam is set to present his full budget plan to lawmakers next week.