Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Push For School Safety Loses Momentum

schoolzoneA legislative push to protect Arizona students after last year's elementary school shooting rampage failed to gain momentum as fights over health care and the state budget overshadowed everything else in the recently adjourned session.

Lawmakers advanced proposals to safeguard children and identify potentially dangerous students weeks after the legislative session opened in January.  At the time, the nation was still reeling from the Connecticut massacre, in which 20 first-graders and six educators were killed by a gunman who killed himself, just weeks earlier. 

Republicans advanced proposals that would allow teachers to be armed. Democrats raised measures to put more counselors in schools. 

But by the time the session ended last week, it had been six months since the shooting and the urgency had passed.

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