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Lawmakers discuss school safety

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Lawmakers had a lot of questions for experts on how to go about arming Texas teachers as school safety remains a top priority.

One idea being thrown around is training our teachers for active shooter situations, like many law enforcement agencies do.

First, state senators heard from the Director of Texas School Safety Center. Dr. Victoria Calder says only three school districts don't have school safety plans. That's decreased from 78.

She also says other states look to Texas for best practices when it comes to school safety, like New Jersey.  

The hearing comes after 26 people were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School last month.

Last week, other lawmakers announced the Texas School District Safety Act which would allow local schools to set up special taxing districts to pay for security measures. 

Other experts on the panel include the Director of DPS and the research Director for the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Center.

"So if there is something where teachers are going to be carrying weapons or concealed weapons on campus, dealing with how to identify them to law enforcement and make sure they don't get shot as part of the exchange and make sure they don't shoot the law enforcement officers is a concern," said Dr. Pete Blair of the ALERRT Center.

Senators also heard from the superintendent of Harrold ISD, the North Texas school district that allows teachers to carry concealed handguns.

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