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Iowa joining trend of decreasing school polling places

Iowa officials have pushed to move polling places out of schools because of safety concerns, but laws proposed to mandate the change did not pass in several states this spring.

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New law allows Missouri schools to teach gun safety to first-graders

Along with math, science and social studies, gun safety could soon be part of the first-grade curriculum in some Missouri public schools.

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Off-duty police officers allowed to carry guns to Green Bay schools

Some Green Bay area school districts are signing agreements with local police departments saying it’s OK for off-duty officers to carry guns to school events.

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Arizona to give schools $8.4M for safety

The Arizona Department of Education will disperse about $8.4 million for schools to pay for school-resource officers, security upgrades and emergency planning, after receiving approval Thursday from a legislative oversight committee.

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Few of Iowa's public schools have tornado safe rooms, state data show

Thirty-seven of Iowa’s 1,400 public school buildings include safe rooms, with most built in the last five years, state data show.

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Insurance companies to drop Kansas schools allowing firearms on campuses

An insurance company currently providing coverage for the vast majority of Kansas school districts is refusing to renew coverage for schools permitting teachers and custodians to carry concealed firearms.

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A second armed officer for one N.J. district, despite lack of support from Gov. Christie

Bridgewater Township has agreed to provide a second armed police officer for the high school at the district's expense, despite the recent comments against the idea by Gov. Chris Christie.

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Effort by Sioux Falls schools reduces bullying

Bullying reports have gone down since the Sioux Falls School District implemented a bully prevention model two years ago, but the program has not yet fulfilled its promise of empowering students to stick up for their peers, school officials say.

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Schools seeking to arm employees hit hurdle on insurance

As more schools consider arming their employees, some districts are encountering a daunting economic hurdle: insurance carriers threatening to raise their premiums or revoke coverage entirely.

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Report: America's schools have actually gotten safer over the past 20 years

The Bureau of Justice Statistics' (BJS) school safety report on incidents involving kids age 5 to 18 shows crime went up slightly in 2011, but that it's been steadily declining since 1992.

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