North Carolina schools get $22M in safety grants

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's top education official says the state's public schools are getting a security boost as the new school year starts by using much of the funds lawmakers set aside this year for safety and mental health programs.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson announced at a Raleigh news conference Tuesday that education officials have distributed $22 million in safety grants since July, adding cameras and hundreds of new campus-based police officers across the state.

The increase in protection comes after the General Assembly approved $35 million to respond to school shootings and violence. Funds were also earmarked to create an anonymous school safety tip line and mobile app and expand mental health services.

Johnson expects the tip line and mobile app to begin operating before next school year.

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