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New round of Indiana school safety grants vary widely

The $19 million in state grants announced this past week are split among 429 entities.

Posted: Sep 8, 2019 7:27 PM
Updated: Sep 8, 2019 7:27 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - Changes made to Indiana's school safety grant program resulted in some school districts seeing funding cut in half as others are receiving double last year's money.

The $19 million in state grants announced this past week are split among 429 entities, mostly public school districts along with several individual charter and private schools. That marked a $5 million increase from 2018 funding with an increase approved by the Legislature, but schools sought $4.8 million more than what was available.

Grant decisions varied, with the Jay County district's allocation dropping from $50,000 to $25,000 and the Northwest Allen County district near Fort Wayne jumping from $50,000 to $100,000.

Indiana Department of Homeland Security spokesman David Hosick says schools were asked to prioritize their requests.

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