In the aftermath of the Uvalde shooting, the state of Texas is asking the Legislature to fund school security and police training.

Texas State University is asking state legislators for $79 million in “exceptional items” over two years that will partly fund statewide school safety efforts and active law enforcement shooter training.

Every two years prior to the legislative session, Texas public colleges and universities submit an appropriation request to the governor’s office and the Legislative Council on the Budget, outlining their basic funding requests for items such as faculty and staff salaries and infrastructure support.

In requests, it is also common for each school to ask for money for “exceptional subjects” or special initiatives beyond what is listed in the base funding.

More:Here are the higher education bills, issues before the Texas Legislative Session.

This year, Texas State University is asking for $50 million in “equity funding” to make its overall state allocation more equitable than other public universities in the state. The increase in funding will help the State of Texas recruit faculty and staff, support academic programs and conduct groundbreaking research, the request says.

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