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School Safety News for August 30, 2018

In Washington State, the Governor and the state superintendent issue statements declaring their opposition to a proposal by the U.S. Department of Education to arm teachers. 

In Florida, residents of Lake County approved a special school safety tax.  The tax of 75 cents for each $1,000 of taxable property value will help pay for school resource officers, mental-health counseling, early intervention efforts and other measures aimed at strengthening school safety. 

In California, the legislature has sent three school safety bills to Gov. Brown's desk.  AB 3205, requires that any school modernization project done with money from the state’s school facility bond program include locks that allow doors to classrooms and any room with an occupancy of five or more people to be locked from the inside.  AB 2888, amends the state’s existing “red flag” law to include school personnel.  AB 1747 expands the required elements of school safety plans to include procedures to respond to active shooter situations. 

In Arkansas, police chiefs submitted recommendations to the Governor's School Safety Commission.  One recommendation called on the commission to give schools training before they implement new security plans.

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