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Will Idaho bump up its school security budget — considerably?

When it comes to keeping schools safe, Idaho’s school districts are “all over the map,” says Matt McCarter of the State Department of Education. Some districts are better prepared for the unthinkable — and have paid better attention to school

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State task force frowns on arming teachers

Unless there are “extenuating circumstances,” schools should not allow teachers to carry guns in the classroom, according to a state task force studying school safety issues. But the decision rests solely with local school boards — and at least four

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North Idaho district considering armed teachers

The Lake Pend Oreille School District is considering arming school staff, and training them to respond in an emergency. It will take several months for the North Idaho district to consider the pros and cons, the Bonner County Daily Bee reported Wednesday.

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GOP lawmakers battle on Facebook over Idaho gun rights, school safety bills

An intramural spat over gun rights and school safety legislation prompted by December’s Connecticut school shooting has erupted on Facebook between House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, Sen. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, and Rep. Judy Boyle, R-Midvale. On Tuesday, Hagedorn’s school

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The dark Statehouse art of ‘radiator capping’

The operative phrase at the Statehouse Tuesday was “radiator capping.” This is a term lawmakers use to describe the process of completing rewriting a bill on the House or Senate floor. Think in terms of a car. In amending the

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Expulsion bill: an alternative school’s take

A bill making schools off-limits to violent convicted criminals would affect the state’s alternative high schools. And in a story in today’s Times-News in Twin Falls, Statehouse reporter Melissa Davlin spoke to an alternative high school principal, Lauri Heward of Burley’s

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Pocatello allows SROs to carry rifles

School resource officers will be allowed to bring service rifles into Pocatello schools — but the weapons will be stored in locked safes. The Pocatello School Board approved the policy Wednesday night, according to the Idaho State Journal. A few talking

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