El Paso Required To Look At School Security Budget

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - El Paso's three largest school districts will be the first in Texas to find ways to consolidate their security plans and their combined $15 million budgets.

The Texas Legislature partly tackled a $27 billion shortfall by cutting some $4 billion in public education funding. But funding used for police, campus monitors, surveillance and other equipment remained largely untouched.

The El Paso Times reports a new bill passed by state Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso requires his city's three largest districts to explore ways to consolidate the independent forces that protect their schools.

As of now, no other Texas county is required to discuss such consolidation options.