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School safety tip line gets much needed boost



Wisconsin’s Governor and Legislature rarely agree on much. So it is good to see they were able to come together to help keep Wisconsin schools safe. Governor Evers has now signed legislation to keep the Office of School Safety going into next year. One key component of this office, housed in the Department of Justice, is a tip line that allows students to anonymously report concerns at their school. That could include instances of bullying, threats of physical harm or suicide, and threats to the school. The agency also trains local school districts on the best way to respond to threats. But funding for this state program was running out. Now democrats and republicans in Madison have agreed to fund the school safety office for another year using stopgap funding. That is a good example of our lawmakers working together to address common concerns. School  safety is not a Republican or Democrat issue. It affects everyone, regardless of political affiliation. This program is valuable and the need for it continues to grow based on the number of calls the office is receiving. It is good that our lawmakers put their political differences aside and found a way to work together, for the common good.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. Come On Man

    March 30, 2024 at 8:09 am

    Yet there was a parental concern to get rid of the city of La Crosse SRO’s.
    Now the SRO’s are split between schools and their response time in the event of an emergency has been increased.
    Good job parents!

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