Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, a Republican, filed legislation on Friday that would use COVID-19 education-related cash to enhance safety at schools nationwide.
The Protect Our Children’s Schools Act, a Senate companion to legislation proposed by Republican Texas Rep. Randy Weber, was originally made public by the Daily Caller. By passing the bill, schools would be able to access federal COVID-19 education-related cash that had been previously appropriated but that had not yet been spent.
The measure mandates that the Department of Education provide the Secretary of Education with access to all unused federal COVID relief money for the purpose of enhancing school safety. States have not used the majority of their relief funding as of May 2022. Cruz’s proposed law aims to increase school safety in K–12 elementary and secondary institutions.
“Far too many atrocities have been committed at schools in Texas and across our nation. Increasing school safety is of paramount importance. The excess and unused monies given to schools to address the coronavirus should be used to keep our kids safe from monsters in their communities, and our bill would make sure local schools can use these funds to address their specific security needs,”Cruz stated for the Daily Caller before introducing the legislation.
“It’s teachers and local education officials who know best what their schools need, and how to use funds to keep our kids safe when they go to school,” continued Cruz.
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“My district knows too well that evil people do evil things, and we know the importance of protecting our children in schools. As we approach a new school year, our children should feel safe and secure when they walk through the doors, and that’s why I introduced a commonsense bill to harden schools,” Weber told the Daily Caller before Cruz introduced his legislation.