school safety

At least two-thirds of American high school students attend a school with a police officer, according to the Urban Institute, and that proportion is higher for students of color. Now, the national uprising for racial justice has led to a push to remove police officers from security positions inside schools.

Attorney General Dave Yost (R-Ohio) announces the Ohio School Threat Assessment Training program.
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Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is rolling out a new training program geared towards teaching law enforcement and school officials how to assess potential risks of violence at schools.

Bradley Paramore stands inside the new School Safety Center.
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Tuesday was the inaugural meeting of a new school safety working group, created by Gov. Mike DeWine to prevent threats or acts of violence in schools. 

School shootings like the recent one in Santa Clarita, Calif., have focused the nation's attention on school safety. And schools across the U.S. are wrestling with how to prevent themselves from becoming the site of the next tragedy.

Bouquets of flowers sit on the sign in front of the high school in Chardon, Ohio Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, days after a gunman killed three students at the school.
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The Bureau of Workers Compensation has approved $6.6 million for school safety and security initiatives.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, left, speaks alongside Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, right, during a vigil at the scene of a mass shooting, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton.
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Gov. Mike DeWine signed an executive order Wednesday to establish the Ohio School Safety Center, saying more needs to be done to make sure Ohio’s schools are safe.

Putting Together The Puzzle: School Teams Assess Threats

Aug 7, 2019
In this Sept. 6, 2016, photo, students at William Hackett Middle School pass through metal detectors on the first day of school in Albany, N.Y.
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There were so many questions after 17-year-old Ely Serna brought a shotgun to his Champaign County school and opened fire in 2017, wounding two.

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Workers at The Ohio State University continue installing locks on hundreds of classroom doors to improve on-campus safety.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine speaks during a public inauguration ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Columbus.
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Gov. Mike DeWine has submitted to state lawmakers what he hopes to see in the budget for a key agency – a budget that’s separate from the big statewide spending plan he’ll introduce next month.

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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.

Ohio Surveys Schools On Safety Measures

Sep 14, 2018
Active shooter simulation training at Wadsworth High School in Northeast Ohio in June 2017.
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Thousands of Ohio schools have responded to a voluntary survey about school safety measures that will be used to help craft recommendations for state policymakers to consider next year.

West High in Columbus with Operation Fix It sign
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Columbus City Schools made updates in several buildings this summer to improve student comfort and safety.

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Ohio’s top law enforcement official is offering two things to school districts statewide to enhance their safety plans for their buildings. The goal is to make schools safer if a school shooting occurs.

The Trump administration's school safety commission held its first public listening session Wednesday, a day after the panel's chair, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, told lawmakers on Capitol Hill that the commission wouldn't focus on guns.

Alessia Modjarrad, a graduating high school senior from Montgomery County, Md., spoke at the day-long event at the Education Department in D.C. She said the few solutions being offered by the administration were "misguided and insufficient."

A bill to strengthen and standardize training for school resource officers is on its way to the Senate. The legislation includes funding for schools so they can pay for officers to get that training. 

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