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Safety was one of the top concerns of Wicomico County School Superintendent Donna Hanlin during her state of the schools report yesterday.

During a presentation to dozens of community advocates at Parkside High School she said a task force is moving forward to collaborate with local law enforcement officials including the sheriff’s office and state’s attorney.

WBOC reports Hanlin said that in order to deal with violence in the schools the sheriff’s office will designate a detective as a liaison for school based investigations.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A new Johns Hopkins University initiative will offer short courses to principals and other school leaders as part of a push to create standards around school safety.

Topics including student mental health and security technology will be offered through the Center for Safe and Healthy Schools launched Monday by Johns Hopkins' School of Education.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam wants to boost state spending on school counselors as a way to keep kids safer.

The Democratic governor announced Thursday that he plans to ask the Republican-controlled General Assembly to approve $36 million in new spending to hire more school counselors and better address students' emotional needs.

Northam said he also wants to spend $3.3 million to help increase safety training for school officials, including active shooter drills.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A legislative committee has agreed to a set of 24 recommendations to improve school safety in Virginia.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the committee will ask the House of Delegates to approve funding for additional school resource officers. It will also ask to increase the amount of time school counselors spend with students and to create a mental health and suicide prevention tipline.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Commonwealth University and state Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran are set to host a forum on school safety.

The April 23 event in Richmond will focus on how officials can assess and investigate potential threats at schools. Moran will also moderate a panel about the roles of school resource officers.

Robyn McDougle, the interim director of the Center for Public Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University's L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, said school safety is an important and timely topic.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md.(AP) - Maryland's legislative session has ended, after lawmakers put finishing touches on high-profile measures.

Democrats who control the General Assembly and Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said early Tuesday after the midnight adjournment that there was plenty of bipartisan work in Annapolis this year.

Lawmakers from both parties worked on a school-safety bill that passed Monday. Bipartisanship was also evident in a package of crime legislation that passed on the last day of the 90-day legislative session.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers will be working to finalize measures aimed at fighting crime and improving school safety on the last day of the legislative session.

The 90-day session is scheduled to end Monday at midnight.

The school safety measure includes statewide initiatives relating to training school resource officers, safety drills and identifying mental health concerns that could threaten safety.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has expanded a measure to improve school safety by requiring a school resource officer or otherwise adequate law enforcement coverage at all public schools by the start of next school year.

The Senate voted 23-22 Thursday for changing a measure aimed at creating consistent standards for school safety statewide.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is making a renewed push for school safety as the General Assembly enters its last two weeks of session.

The Republican governor on Monday highlighted his proposal for $125 million for capital improvements. He also has called for another $50 million annually to pay for school resource officers and technology.

A panel of budget negotiators met Tuesday to talk about $41.6 million for school safety initiatives now in the budget bill.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has approved the state's $44.5 billion budget after some debate over how the state will pay to improve school safety.

The House voted 125-12 in favor of the budget Thursday. The debate came two days after a school shooting in St. Mary's County.

A panel of negotiators will now work out differences in bills passed by the House and Senate.

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Worcester County will be hold a conference on school safety tomorrow in the wake of the Florida shooting that left 17 dead.

It’s called the Maryland Safe Schools Initiative 2018 conference and will be held at Worcester Technical High School.

The conference comes as a joint effort of the Maryland Center for School Safety, Safe and Sound Schools and Worcester County Public Schools.

The morning session will deal with first-hand accounts of such shootings and how to recover from them while the afternoon will focus on how to respond to such crises.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has announced plans to commit an additional $125 million to make schools safer from violence like shootings.

Hogan said Wednesday the money would be used to accelerate and enhance improvements such as secure doors and windows, metal detectors, security cameras and panic buttons.

The Republican governor also says he will commit an additional $50 million a year in new school safety grants to supplement and improve state and local school safety efforts.

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A Delaware state panel is calling for renewed efforts to deal with violence in the state’s schools.

The recommendations by the Special Committee on School Safety were put together after the deaths of two students at Howard High School of Technology.

The involved 16 year-old Amy Joyner-Francis who died in April from an assault and 15 year-old Brandon Wingo who was shot and killed just blocks from the high school.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A conference on school safety will be taking place in Maryland's capital.

More than 250 educators and school safety personnel from across the state will gather Monday and Tuesday in Annapolis for a two-day conference. They'll be hearing from experts and those touched by the tragedy of school violence.

The Maryland Center for School Safety is sponsoring the conference. It will include presentations from a mother who lost her child in the Sandy Hook School shooting and a police expert who will review that shooting and the lessons learned from it.

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The Wicomico County School Budget has been approved for the next fiscal year.

An additional $1.6 million will be spent on improving the safety of students, student discipline and school climate.

WBOC reports the new staff will range from behavior intervention and special education…to reading for elementary students.

Superintendent John Fredericksen told the station that there were certain things that caused some concerns.

Meanwhile, the Wicomico County Education Association President Gary Hammer praised the initial funding but added more can be done.

One Delaware lawmaker wants the state to pony up $4 million to make sure every door in the state’s public and charter schools lock from both sides.

State Representative Earl Jaques told the Wilmington News Journal he was not sure how or when or how long it would take to pay for the cost of his plan.

The Glasgow Democrat said if a shooting like Sandy Hook that left 2 children dead happened in Delawre everyone would be jumping through hoops to provide the $4 million.

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The Worcester County Commissioners gave their approval to a $168 million operating budget for the next fiscal year that begins July 1st.

That’s a $2.7 million increase over last year and leaves the property tax rate unchanged. 

The spending blueprint includes a new school safety plan that will take effect this fall.

The new measures provide for uniformed officers in each of the county’s schools.

The first year will cost almost $600-thousand in the first year with the price tag decreasing to $486-thousand in the following years.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley will be testifying in Annapolis on a comprehensive gun-control measure he is backing this year.

O'Malley is scheduled to testify Wednesday before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

The Democratic governor wants to ban assault weapons and create stricter licensing requirements for handguns.

The measure also includes provisions to improve the state's mental health services as a way to prevent violence. It would also set aside money in the state's capital schools budget for school safety.

Eastern Shore Delegate Mike McDermott is proposing a three pronged approach to school safety in the wake of the shootings at a Connecticut Elementary school late last year.

The measures would allow teachers and other staff members to carry guns as long as those teachers are trained.

In addition, it would allow select school staff to carry Tasers as well as allow on-and-off duty police officers to be armed while on school grounds.

If the Maryland Republican’s measures are approved schools would be allowed to decide which measures work best for them.

Delaware’s GOP lawmakers are calling for every school in the First State to have a crisis button that can alert authorities to an emergency.

In addition they want to create a $5 million state fund for school safety grants to address security and gun violence.

The proposals are a response to the deadly shooting at a Connecticut elementary school that left 20 children dead.

The Republican proposals are markedly different from Governor Jack Markell and