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State School Superintendent: School Safety Do-Over Gives Legislators Chance to Fix Holes in Original Bill

McCormick says safety requirements should apply to charter and private schools too

(INDIANAPOLIS) -  Legislators will get a second chance at passing a school-safety bill, and Indiana's state school superintendent wants some changes.

The House ran out of time before it could vote on a bill adding five-million dollars to a school security grant fund. Superintendent Jennifer McCormick supports that -- but she says private and charter schools should have the same security requirements as public schools. She says parents should have confidence their kids are safe at school regardless of whether that school is public or private.

And McCormick says an order to her department to review every school's safety plan would have been expensive and unnecessary. She says the department already does spot checks of about a fifth of Indiana's school districts every year.

Governor Holcomb requested a boost in school safety funding five days before the end of the session, in response to the Florida school shooting in February. He's called a special session for May to address a handful of bills, including the school-safety funding and authorization for schools to take out loans to pay for extra security before the money is in place.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick (Photo: Eric Berman/WIBC)

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