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Wisconsin Democrats introduce school-safety bills

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democrats have introduced new legislation to improve school safety.

Democrats released the proposal on Tuesday, a day before a national student walkout to honor victims of last month’s Florida school shooting and demand tighter gun restrictions.

The bills would increase aid for school mental-health programs and provide money for the Wisconsin Safe and Healthy Schools Training and Technical Assistance Center to fight school violence.

The bills also would provide $24 million worth of grants to help school districts develop programs to prevent violence, allow school boards to discuss safety in closed session and exempt safety plans from the open-records law.

None of the bills deals with guns.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker is working on his own school -safety bills. He plans to release the proposals by March 20.

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