Lawmaker wants to step up school security

Published 02/06 2014 04:31PM

Updated 02/06 2014 05:14PM

ILLINOIS -- One lawmaker says some schools might not be doing enough to keep your kids safe. Now, he wants to change that. The idea is to create a statewide safety plan, but some education leaders aren't on board. WCIA-3's Ashley Michels keeps us Connected to the Capitol.

No one is saying we shouldn't increase school security measures, but critics say the state is too diverse for a one-size-fits-all plan.

Under the measure, a task force, made up of law enforcement, parents and teachers would come up with an across-the-board safety plan. It would address security measures to help prevent emergency situations and direct schools on how to act in case something did happen.

Those recommendations could then become law. The goal is to help some schools which might be falling behind.

But, at least one principal says it's not that simple. He says, if he was on the task force, he'd like to see every school at least have secure-locked entrances. That way strangers or intruders couldn't just walk right in.

Critics also worry about the cost of security mandates. They say, if this does become law, schools will likely need financial help from the state to comply.

Illinois' schools can also get money for security improvements through a grant. It's for any school, community college or state university.

$25 million will be handed out. Applications are being accepted until March 14. They have to be submitted online.

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