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School Safety Reforms Central to President Obama’s Gun Control Proposal

The Kent City Schools are reviewing new safety measures

President Barack Obama presented a sweeping set of gun control recommendations on Wednesday, with many focused directly on increasing safety measures in schools.

According to the Politics K-12 blog, the proposals signal a shift in federal priorities — the proposals ask for increases in school safety and mental health counseling funding, areas the administration has sought to cut in the budget in recent years.

Check out the Politics K-12 post for a more in-depth look at the proposals, which includes creating model emergency response plans for institutions like schools and providing $50 million for training for professionals like social workers and counselors who plan to work with young adults.

The full text of the plan can also be found on the White House website.

The local school safety conversation

In the month since the , this issue has been at the forefront of conversations across the country, including Northeast Ohio. School districts from North Canton to Lakewood to Mentor have taken the issue on, opting to strengthen their ID policy for visitors and looking for ways to identify students that need extra support.

Kent City Schools Superintendent Joseph Giancola said in an email that the Kent City Schools are in the planning stages of new safety and secruity measures for the Kent schools.

Giancola said school administrators had not talked about the idea of training teachers to be armed with firearms in school buildings, a program being offered by the Buckeye Firearms Association.

Find the full list of executive actions, which can go into effect immediately without congressional approval, on the New York Times’ website.

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