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500K Oklahoma students don't have storm shelters

The statewide survey on shelters in Oklahoma schools uncovered that more than 500,000 students and educators do not have a safe place to go at school during severe weather.

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Schools tighten security after Sandy Hook

In a grim reminder that mass shootings have become a fact of life in America, school districts across the USA this fall are opting for more locked doors, more visitor check-ins and more surveillance equipment.

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Reporter maps guns found in Miami-Dade schools

School shootings remain uncommon, and Miami-Dade County schools officials insist the campus is the safest place for any student.

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Payne bill would require school emergency preparedness plans

U.S. Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-10th District) introduced a bill that would require states seeking federal Homeland Security grants to mandate school emergency preparedness plans that meet federal guidelines.

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Oklahoma lawmaker petitions for school tornado shelters

An Oklahoma lawmaker began a petition drive to put on the ballot a measure allowing the state to issue $500 million in bonds to finance storm shelters in schools, after a devastating tornado in May killed seven children at a school.

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Schools learn new lessons in emergency response

Federal guidelines issued after Newtown shootings recommend more active response known as “run, hide, fight”

School bus safety is a joint effort

By requiring all school transportation vehicles to pass through a meticulous inspection process and drivers to meet specific, mandated state and federal standards, the MVC takes every step necessary to ensure that all of New Jersey’s 24,000 student transportation vehicles make the grade all year long. But the MVC cannot do it alone. The MVC, New Jersey school districts, and school bus companies must be strong partners to fully ensure student safety.

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Panel rules that 13 Arkansas school districts can arm teachers and staff

A state board has voted to allow 13 school districts in Arkansas to continue using teachers, administrators, and other staff as armed guards, despite a warning from the state's top attorney that the licensing law they relied upon was intended for private businesses.

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New inclusive approach helps Illinois schools fight bullying

In recent years, media attention, state mandates and research on bullying have prompted dozens of school districts across Illinois — including at least 10 in the Chicago suburbs — to try a more inclusive approach that addresses peer aggression while instilling a broader message of respect.

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Crime drops in New York City classrooms

Crime in city schools is down, but black and Hispanic kids are still far more likely to end up on the wrong side of the law.

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