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New Type of Levy Lets Ohio Schools Seek Money for Security Upgrades

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Khaled Elfiqi / Landov Ohio school districts can now ask voters to approve new taxes to be used just for “school safety and security” under a provision in the new state budget. WOSU’s Tom Borgerding reports: “It allows the local school district along with their community to decide what is necessary as far as what [...]

Cincinnati Student in Critical Condition After Shooting Himself in Class

A student at La Salle High School in Cincinnati is in critical condition after he pulled out a gun during class this morning and shot himself in the head. The student was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, and school officials say all other students at the Catholic all-boys school are safe. School spokesman [...]

What President Obama’s Gun Control Plan Means for Schools

Alex Wong / Getty Images President Barack Obama’s plan to prevent gun violence could mean changes for schools and school districts. That plan calls for legislation to ban assault rifles and require a background check for all gun purchases. The president’s proposal also includes a request for hundreds of millions of dollars for schools to hire [...]

Teachers Line Up for Safety Training Classes, Janitors Get Guns

Last month’s school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School put teachers, principals, and other school staff on high alert. It also raised the question of how to prevent school shootings. Training school personel is at the top of the list of proposed solutions. In Ohio, teachers who want training in how to deal with a [...]

Q&A: Buckeye Firearms Association to Arm and Train Teachers

After the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut, both the National Rifle Association and the Buckeye Firearms Association stated the best way to prevent future school shootings is by arming and training teachers and other school personnel. The Buckeye Firearms Association is offering a pilot training course for 24 teachers in the spring, but just two [...]

The Top 10 Ohio Education Stories of 2012

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Whether you call it reform, revolution, transformation or transmutation, the pace of change in the world of Ohio education continues to speed up. As we move into what’s likely to be another year of change in Ohio schools, we’ve whittled things down to this list of the 10 biggest Ohio education stories of 2012. 1. [...]

Free Gun Training for Teachers in Wake of Newtown Shootings

WOSU’s Steve Brown reports that the Buckeye Firearms Association will offer a free, three-day “firearm training” course for Ohio teachers next year: The first three-day course for 24 teachers is scheduled for early next month. The course will include class tuition, ammunition, and lodging. “The long-term goal is to develop a standard Armed Teacher curriculum and make [...]

Ohio Classes on Preventing School Violence Start Jan. 17

WOSU’s Steve Brown reports that the Ohio Attorney General’s office will offer free “active shooter” training courses for Ohio teachers next year: “The real first responders in these situations are teachers. They are the ones that are there,” [Attorney General Mike] DeWine said in a morning press conference. DeWine says courses will start January 17. He [...]

State, School Officials: School Metal Detectors Create the Illusion of Safety

Three students were shot and killed at Chardon High School in February. WCPN’s Michelle Kanu spoke with the superintendent of the Chardon school district today about school safety. Superintendent Joseph Bergant told WCPN he doesn’t think metal detectors are the answer. “I certainly wouldn’t recommend anyone to put metal detectors and things of that nature because those [...]

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