Crist Announces Grant to USF to Support School Violence Prevention

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Washington, DC, September 18, 2020 | comments

St. Petersburg, FL – U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-FL) announced a $478,553 grant to the University of South Florida to study and improve the effectiveness of violence prevention and mental health training programs in schools across the nation.

The grant, which is administered by the Department of Justice, will fund a USF study on the efficacy of STOP School Violence Act training programing and assess what implementation strategies contribute to a program’s success.

Congressman Crist voted in support of the STOP School Violence Act, which was signed into law in 2018, and is designed to improve school security by providing students and teachers with the tools they need to recognize, respond quickly to, and help prevent acts of violence.

From his role in on the powerful Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee, Congressman Crist has also consistently voted in support of increased funding for STOP School Violence programs, most recently voting to fund the program at $140 million for fiscal year 2021.

“I’m proud to see that the bright minds at USF will be leading the charge to do everything in our power to protect students, teachers, and faculty from school violence,” said Rep. Crist. “Making sure that programs authorized by the STOP School Violence Act are effective is critically important. Our Bulls are up to the task!”

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