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Senate Gives Priority To Bill Increasing School Security

Indiana may beef up school security in the wake of last month‘s massacre at a Connecticut elementary school. The Senate has given top priority to a bill setting aside $10 million in a grant fund to help schools find the money for a security coordinator.

That bill may also incorporate Governor Pence‘s call for money for a comprehensive review of school security.   Pence had planned to repeat that plea in his State of the State address. His office says he dropped it because he was running long.

The prepared version of the speech repeated a formulation Pence used in the immediate aftermath of the Sandy Hook shootings, vowing to both protect our kids and protect our rights.

Indianapolis school-safety consultant Chuck Hibbert says a review is a good idea. He says tight state funding the last few years has prompted some schools to cut back on security training to avoid teacher layoffs.

All Indiana schools are required to have a school-safety plan, and the state is the only one with a training academy for school safety specialists. But Hibbert says it‘s difficult to know how many schools have a safety specialist on staff.

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