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Conn. Panel Reaches Consensus on School Security

(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A legislative subcommittee reviewing school security measures after the Newtown school shooting plans to recommend that local school safety and security plans meet basic minimum requirements. Those plans would be submitted to state officials for review.

The panel is also recommending the state allocate extra funds to help school districts pay for security measures such as reinforced entryways with ballistic glass, security cameras and buzzer systems.

The school security subcommittee of the General Assembly’s Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety, agreed on Tuesday to a list of consensus recommendations to legislative leaders. Those ideas will be considered for a final package of reforms, to be voted on by the full legislature, likely next month.

The subcommittee did not agree to require more school safety officers.

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