Minister of education Betsy DeVos awarded $1 million grant to the Texas school district affected by the 18 recordings in Santa Fe.
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Minister of education Betsy DeVos awarded $1 million in project school emergency response to violence (SERV) grant to the Texas school district affected by the 18 recordings in Santa Fe. The money is as an aid in the “healing and recovery process.”
“No student, parent or educator, should experience such a trauma has been suffered by so many in Santa Fe High School and other schools around the country,” said DeVos, according to KTRK. “Every day, the work of the Federal Commission for school security grows more urgent. We continue to focus on identifying proven ways to prevent violence and keep our students at the school.”
President Trump created a Commission to review ways to safer schools, the designation of DeVos in the chair. The panel on Thursday on his first field trip, a Baltimore-area elementary school.
The Texas school shooting left eight students and two substitute teachers dead. Student Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, faces murder charges in the attack. Investigators say that he was one of the massacre carried out with a shotgun and a pistol to his father.
Help “this is an important first step in the Federal funding and support, the Santa Fe High School community challenge,” sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said in a statement. “I welcome the Secretary of DeVos to provide for the execution of this, and will continue to work to ensure that Santa Fe High School receives the support it needs. I did continue to consistently put on the cooperation with the Governor, the administration and my congressional colleagues to end this violence and for the protection of our students.”
Gov. Greg Abbott recently unveiled plans for $to help 120 million in funding to strengthen school safety in Texas.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.