Florida Senate passes bill expanding armed teachers program

U.S. 04/23/19, 15:32

Florida is on the verge of expanding a law that allows some teachers to carry guns in the classroom after the Senate passed a wide-ranging school safety bill Tuesday. The bill seeks changes to a law enacted last year after a gunman killed 17 people in a rampage at a Parkland ...

Arming teachers brings contentious debate in Florida Senate

U.S. 04/17/19, 21:27

Democrats failed to strip language out of a Florida Senate school safety bill that would expand a law allowing some teachers to carry guns in school. They argued Wednesday that more guns in school could make them more dangerous. Senators spent nearly two hours debating proposed amendments to a wide-ranging bill ...

House panel approves school bill allowing arming of teachers

U.S. 03/21/19, 12:18

A Florida House committee voted Thursday for a broad school safety bill that would expand an existing guardian program to allow classroom teachers to volunteer to carry weapons on campus if local school boards approve.The Republican-led legislation adopted 11-5 along party lines by the House Education Committee builds on a ...

Florida Gov. DeSantis to lawmakers: Be bold on big issues

U.S. 03/05/19, 13:50

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gave an anti-tax, pro-environment State of the State address Tuesday, asking lawmakers to be bold as they tackle issues like education, school safety and health care.It was as much a recap of his whirlwind first two months in office as it was a blueprint for ...

New leaders, new agendas as Florida Legislature set to begin

U.S. 03/02/19, 09:32

Florida's 2019 Legislative session begins Tuesday with a new governor, new Legislative leaders, and new priorities. Nearly 3,000 bills already have been filed ahead of the 60-day legislative session on topics ranging from a ban on child-like sex dolls to adjustments to a school safety law enacted after the massacre at ...

Year after Parkland massacre, 17 victims remembered

U.S. 02/14/19, 09:26

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre a year ago renewed the national debate on guns and school safety, turned some victims' parents and surviving students into political activists and at least temporarily ended the local sheriff's career. But Thursday's anniversary will primarily be about remembering the 14 students and three ...

Texas governor sees school safety as a top issue

U.S. 02/05/19, 13:18

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is starting a second term declaring school safety one of his few top issues in wake of a gunman killing 10 people at a high school near Houston last year.But the Republican gave few specifics Tuesday in his State of the State address to the Texas Legislature. ...

Trump’s safety panel seeks to revoke school discipline rules

Politics 12/18/18, 10:06

President Donald Trump's school safety commission is proposing a rollback of Obama-era guidance that was meant to curb racial disparities in school discipline. The commission was led by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (dih-VAHS') and made dozens of policy recommendations in a report released Tuesday. Trump created the panel in March following ...

Florida massacre commission considers school safety plans

U.S. 12/12/18, 00:20

There were plenty of missteps in communication, security and school policy before and during the Florida high school massacre that allowed the gunman to kill 17 people. Now, the state commission investigating the shooting will consider a long list of recommendations addressing these problems statewide.The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School ...

Students quiz Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidates

Pennsylvania 10/10/18, 09:48

Pennsylvania students who wanted to know how the state's gubernatorial candidates would address school safety and funding have gotten a chance to ask them.Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf poses for photographs with students during a gubernatorial forum in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. Fourth and fifth graders from across Pennsylvania submitted ...

Ohio districts put issue of school safety on voters’ ballots

Health 10/09/18, 06:55

One school district wants funding to expand mental health services. The district next door wants to hire more school resource officers. Another neighboring district wants both.Instead of independently proposing local tax levies, they're heading to the ballot together this November.As schools around the country grapple with how to pay for ...

Pennsylvania receives state grants for school safety

U.S. 10/05/18, 00:24

A state senator from western Pennsylvania says there will be $154,000 in state grants going toward improving safety in local schools.Democratic Sen. Jim Brewster, of McKeesport, says the funding will help hire additional security personnel and purchase security related equipment. The Tribune-Review reports the statewide grants were announced Thursday by ...

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