Bennet: CU's Colorado Schools Safety Program On Track to Receive $500,000 in Federal Funding to Boost Effort to Stem School Violence

Washington, DC - Today, Michael Bennet, U.S. Senator for Colorado, announced that the University of Colorado at Boulder's Colorado Schools Safety Program (CSSP) is on track to receive $500,000 in federal funding to boost its efforts to stem school violence by bringing leading-edge knowledge to all Colorado schools about the causes and consequences of school violence.

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the funding as part of the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2010 at Bennet's request.

"If kids don't feel safe at school, they won't be able to learn. The Colorado Schools Safety Program does important work to help schools all over Colorado," said Bennet. "This funding will help them continue that work so that our kids and teachers can do their best without worrying about their safety."

CSSP vigorously engages its partners statewide in its effort, including the CU-Boulder Schools of Law and Education, the Colorado Attorney General's office, and the Colorado Departments of Education and Public Health and Environment. With nationally-renowned expertise in both evidence-based and applied research, the CSSP provides planning, training, and assistance to schools on a statewide basis and disseminate the latest and best established research findings about preventing and managing potential and actual threats.

The Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill, which includes the funding, now awaits consideration by the full Senate.