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Nebraska Bill Aims to Set State School Security Standards

March 18, 2014

A bill in Nebraska would set school security standards for the state. Currently, it’s up to each school district to decide security standards, but state Sen. Rick Kolowski wants someone to help implement those measures, saying “To have someone at the state level that can give assistance to districts when they have questions or collect information from districts so we know where we stand.”

To that end, Kolowski is working to pass two bills – the first would establish a state security director in the Department of Education, who would study current security plans and then recommend minimum standards to the State School Board, giving guidance on what is working best and what can be done to prevent tragedy, KETV reports. This bill would also mandate suicide-prevention training for Nebraska school employees.

The second bill would allow local school boards to add another penny on tax levies, and the money would go into a school security fund.