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Gov. Mike DeWine addresses the 2022 Ohio School Safety Summit in Columbus from behind a wooden podium.

DeWine says school safety issues go beyond shootings

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine touted a “holistic” approach to protecting students and said — without dismissing shootings — that the issue of school safety is more than just the tragic events that make headlines. DeWine made these comments in an address to the Ohio School Safety Summit in Columbus. More… Read More

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Gov. DeWine signs a bill allowing armed school employees

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio school districts could begin arming employees as soon as this fall under a bill signed into law Monday by GOP Gov. Mike DeWine. The law, as enacted, requires up to 24 hours of training before an employee can go armed, and up to eight hours of annual training. The training programs must… Read More

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A bipartisan group of senators announces a deal for school safety and gun measures

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Updated June 12, 2022 at 8:57 PM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — A bipartisan group of Senate negotiators say they have reached a deal on a package of safety and gun-related measures narrowly focused on preventing future shootings similar to the one in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 children and two teachers were killed in their… Read More

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Schools Can Now Apply for Share of $10M in Safety Grants

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio schools can now apply for their share of $10 million in school safety grants for the 2019-20 school year. Public schools, chartered nonpublic schools and schools operated by county boards of developmental disabilities are eligible to receive either $2,500 or $4.49 per student, whichever amount is greater. Funding for the… Read More

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Gov. DeWine Outlines His Plans To Make Ohio’s Schools Safer

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Governor Mike DeWine says more needs to be done to make sure Ohio’s schools are safe. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports. Gov. DeWine signed an executive order to establish the Ohio School Safety Center. The seven member office will focus on being a safety resource for schools and students throughout Ohio. It will work with… Read More

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Kentucky Lawmakers Unveil School-Safety Measure

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky lawmakers have unveiled a school-safety measure, nearly a year after two students died in a school shooting at a high school in the state. The measure calls for hiring a state school security marshal. The bill’s sponsors say the goal is to instill greater accountability for school safety. The measure… Read More