A new school safety report from Gov. Pat McCrory's administration stresses stronger anti-bullying efforts in North Carolina schools and better ways to punish students beyond out-of-school suspension.
McCrory received a school safety report Friday with nearly 80 recommendations from Department of Public Safety Secretary Frank Perry at a Wilmington news conference. The study stems from a school safety office created in Perry's agency six months ago. Nine public forums were held this past spring seeking input.
McCrory's office says the report highlights the need for collaboration with local and state agencies and communities.
The Republican governor also announced a new safe-school task force to keep looking at safety strategies.
The General Assembly provided matching money this year for school districts to pay for police officers and panic-alarm systems.