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How Schools Are Trying to Deal with Threats to Safety Despite Obstacles

There were so many questions after 17-year-old Ely Serna brought a shotgun to his Ohio school and opened fire in 2017, wounding two. Along with the whys, West Liberty-Salem High School assistant principal Andy McGill recalled thinking, “Is there something …

Texas Legislation Would Allow More Armed School Personnel

Nearly a year after a mass shooting at a Texas high school in which eight students and two substitute teachers were killed, lawmakers in the gun-friendly state are close to passing new measures that they say would harden campuses by …

Texas Senate Passes School Safety Bill

The Texas Senate has approved a bill intended to increase security and prevent on-campus incidents of violence at public schools. Senate Bill 11, by state Sen. Larry Taylor of Friendswood, would direct the Texas Education Agency to develop rules for …

Trump’s Proposed 2020 Budget Includes School Safety, Paid Family Leave

The Trump Administration’s proposed 2020 budget includes $2.7 trillion in spending cuts. As part of these cuts, nondefense program spending is reduced by 5 percent. At the same time, the budget includes $750 billion for national defense. The budget identifies …

Indiana Schools to Receive 3,200 Metal Detectors

Hundreds of Indiana schools have requested more than 3,200 hand-held metal detectors under a state program aimed at improving school safety that offers the devices for free. Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the program in early July, weeks after a …

Texas Governor Unveils School Safety Plan, Proposed Gun Law Changes

Note: This story originally appeared in The Texas Tribune. Less than two weeks after 10 people were killed in a southeast Texas school shooting, Gov. Greg Abbott laid out a 40-page, 40-strategy plan for preventing future school shootings, and left …

Georgia School System Approves Policy for Employees to Carry Guns

A Georgia school system has decided to allow its employees to carry guns. The Laurens County school board has approved a policy allowing select staff to carry guns on school property, in vehicles and at school functions, The Telegraph reported …

Armed Security Officers Present in Growing Number of Schools

Armed security officers are becoming more prevalent at America’s schools, according to a federal study released last week amid a debate over whether teachers and other school officials should carry guns. While student and staff fatalities at school persist, students …

House Approves School Safety Bill

The House overwhelmingly approved a bill to improve school safety Wednesday, the first gun-related action by Congress since the shooting that left 17 dead at a Florida high school. The bill authorizes $500 million over 10 years for grants to …

FBI: More than 100 School Threats in Louisiana Since Feb. 14

Authorities have investigated at least 106 threats of violence in or near schools in Louisiana since the Feb. 14 mass shooting at a Florida high school, state police and the FBI said. The news came as the University of New …