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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The state attorney general is giving Ohio public schools more time to apply for their share of $12 million set aside for school safety grants.

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His office says the original deadline for grant applications was this week, and more than $2.8 million was still unclaimed then. The application deadline is being extended to Nov. 30 to encourage more schools to claim their share of the funding.

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Schools were eligible to get $5.65 per student, or at least $2,500 per school. The state Legislature allotted that money earlier this year.

It can be spent on efforts such as training school resource officers and funding programs to help students struggling with mental health issues. Schools are required to work with local law enforcement to decide how to spend the grants.

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