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What does ‘gun-free school’ really mean?

A state task force — formed to reexamine Idaho school safety policies, in the aftermath of December’s mass slayings in Newtown, Conn. —  will have some proposed rules for the 2014 Legislature, state superintendent Tom Luna said Thursday.

But as the task force continues its work, the State Board of Education cleaned up some semantics Thursday. The board struck down language requiring local “gun-free school” policies.

If the Legislature goes along with this rules change, districts would instead write policies forbidding students from carrying weapons on campus.

Why the difference?

After the Sandy Hook shootings, some school boards are considering allowing staff or faculty to carry firearms. That’s allowed under state law. But this law runs counter to the language in the “gun-free schools” rule.



Kevin Richert is a reporter and blogger at Idaho Education News ( Kevin is a former Statesman editorial page editor, with 27 year's experience in Idaho journalism.

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