An Eastern Kentucky lawmaker says the state needs to study whether it can put armed officers and metal detectors in all of Kentucky's 1,245 public schools in the wake of the Connecticut school shootings.
State Rep. Richard Henderson, D-Mount Sterling, said he will form a task force to look into the matter.
Last week, Jon Akers, director of the Kentucky Center for School Safety, which helps schools develop state-mandated safety plans, said there are 221 public schools in the state with on-site school resource officers.
A legislative review committee has approved the Kentucky Department of Education’s new restraint and seclusion policy proposal.
The changes would increase training and parent communication and allow restraint and seclusion of misbehaving students in cases of imminent threat.
Several superintendents testified this year against an earlier version of the proposal, saying it was too vague and didn’t do enough to protect teachers. The education department has since softened some language pertaining to when a teacher could act.
A shooting at a Connecticut elementary school Friday left 27 people dead, including 18 children, an official said.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still under way. Another official, speaking on condition of anonymity for the same reason, said the gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown was killed and apparently had two guns.
Stephen Delgiadice said his 8-year-old daughter heard two big bangs and teachers told her to get in a corner. His daughter was fine.
"It's alarming, especially in Newtown, Connecticut, which we always thought was the safest place in America," he said.
Members of the sixth class of the Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame have been announced—and all three inductees have strong connections to the listening area of WKU Public Radio. The Teacher Hall of Fame was established in 2000, and is housed on the campus of Western Kentucky University.
Here's information on the three women who will be inducted next February:
A native of Raywood, Texas, Eloise W. Hadden taught Home Economics for 33 years in Logan and Simpson counties.
She taught at Auburn High School from 1954 to 1982, Logan County High School from 1982 to 1985, Logan County High School Homebound Teacher from 1985 to 1987, and Martha Layne Collins Pilot Project Career Ladder in Franklin in 1987. She received her bachelor’s degree in 1956 from WKU.
The Green River Regional Educational Cooperative has won a 40 million dollar grant in "Race to the Top" competition. The Cooperative is one of 16 winners in the latest rounds of grants, which were announced by U-S Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
Duncan says the funding will help to address the educational needs of youngsters in 22 districts in southern and central Kentucky. More than 60 percent of the students in those districts are from low-income families.
This is the first time the U-S Department of Education has offered "Race to the Top" funds to districts.