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School safety standards and funding proposed

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – After violent attacks in the nation in recent years, committee members met Tuesday morning to discuss potential new safety measures for teachers and students. Senate Bill 147, authored by Sen. Phil Boots, R-Crawfordsville, would require the Department of Homeland Security to establish minimum standards and best practices for a […]

Commentary: Indiana should continue full funding of school safety grants

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Commentary: Indiana should continue full funding of school safety grants

By Hank Nuwer TheStatehouseFile.com A couple weeks ago I represented the families of the Virginia Tech shooting rampage as a speaker at the College and University Police Investigators Conference (CUPIC) sponsored by George Mason University. The VTV families, understandably concerned about school safety, three years ago formed the 32 National Campus Safety Initiative (32 NCSI) […]

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Senate to consider bill to focus on school safety

By Halie Solea TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee passed a bill Wednesday that would create a division of the Department of Education that focuses on making school buildings safer. The bill’s author, Sen. Lindel Hume, D-Princeton, is using Senate Bill 344 to establish the Division of School Building Physical Security and Safety, which would […]

Analysis: School resource officers have chance to solve many problems

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Analysis: School resource officers have chance to solve many problems

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – There are few things more traumatic or tragic than a school shooting, particularly when the killer is from the students’ own ranks. And the United States has far too many of them. Such events lead to calls for more school security and bans on guns and sometimes result in […]

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Schools receive grants totaling $9 million for safety programs

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence visited Cedar Elementary School in Avon on Friday to announce more than $9 million in grants to districts for safety measures. The Indiana Secured School Safety Board approved the grants. “These grants will allow our public schools and school corporations to add resources that will help secure […]

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Vigo County officials tell lawmakers about school protection plans, officers

By Ellie Price TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – School officials and law enforcement from Terre Haute are crediting a community effort with their success putting protection officers in all of the district’s schools. Vigo County Sheriff Greg Ewing told a legislative panel Tuesday that local officials wanted to take action after a tragedy last year at Sandy […]

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Pence signs law to fund resource officers at schools

By JesselynBickley TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill Tuesday that creates a grant program to fund resource officers with the goal of increasing school safety. Pence said he won’t stop at signing the bill, though. The governor has created a working group to consider other changes that could enhance school safety. Meanwhile […]

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Video & story: Pence set to sign school safety bill; officers to be more than protection

By Jesselyn Bickley TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation set to be signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence on Tuesday will make money available to schools to hire resource officers – specially trained staff whose jobs are about far more than keeping students safe from outside threats. The officers – which a few schools already have […]