State lawmakers reach compromise to give school security a $35 million boost

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DENVER -- State lawmakers in the House reached a compromise late Wednesday to boost school security by $35 million.

The bipartisan agreement was struck on the House floor during a marathon budget debate.

“Kids can’t learn unless they feel safe,” said assistant minority leader Cole Wist, a Republican who helped broker the deal.

“I don’t think we should be politicizing school safety,” said Rep. Alec Garnet, a Democrat who is the assistant majority leader.

The allocation still needs Senate approval and the signature of the governor, but early bipartisan support is a sign the effort is on the fast track to becoming law.

If it does become law, the $35 million would likely be awarded to school districts as grants. Districts could request funds for more school resource officers or campus improvements.

But not everyone supports the measure.

Progressive Democrat and State Rep. Leslie Herod voiced opposition to the efforts, implying the March for Our Lives gathering did not advocate for more guns and more police in schools.

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