New England News
8:00 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Conn. Lawmakers Consider School Safety Standards

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are considering minimum standards for school emergency plans, more drills and additional training in the wake of the Newtown massacre.

West Hartford state Rep. Andrew Fleischmann is co-chairman of the legislature's Education Committee. He says many districts have excellent plans that are properly practiced. But he says some districts might have weak plans, and that's not acceptable.

Currently, districts are not required to submit their emergency plans to the state for review. They're also not required to notify the state when they've conducted the security drills mandated by state law.

Newtown schools Superintendent Janet Robinson says she believes more drills should be required because anticipating those kinds of emergencies is not ingrained in school officials.

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