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House Bill Addresses Public School Safety

RALEIGH (AP) -- State House members say a public school safety bill should give parents and teachers piece of mind that legislators are doing whatever is necessary to protect students and school personnel following the Connecticut school shootings.

Legislators of both parties endorsed a measure Thursday that would provide $15 million to local governments to hire more school resource officers, psychologists and guidance counselors. There's also $2 million in grants to help put panic alarms in every classroom in the state by July 2015.

The bill also would require schools to hold crisis exercises annually. School districts would conduct the exercises every two years.

Gov. Pat McCrory announced last week the revival and retooling of a school safety center in the Department of Public Safety.


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