Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 12:04 PM
President Barack Obama's plan to prevent gun violence could mean changes for schools and school districts.
That plan calls for legislation to ban assault rifles and require a background check for all gun purchases.
The president's proposal also includes a request for hundreds of millions of dollars for schools to hire police officers and counselors; buy school safety equipment; develop emergency plans; and improve school climates, i.e., make students less likely to want to shoot others.
All that legislation may or may not actually make it through Congress:
Indications out of Congress are that the assault weapons ban faces the longest odds; a ban on high capacity magazines seems to have a slightly better chance at passage, particularly if combined with the improved mental health screenings being pushed by many Republicans. The best odds appear to be for passage of a requirement for universal background check.
[related_content align="right"]But other parts of Obama's plan don't require Congressional approval. They include:
But President Obama's plan doesn't call for arming teachers. And the press release about the school safety training that the state of Ohio is offering to school states:
The courses do not include firearm training.
That's ok by the National Education Association, the country's largest teachers union:
“The idea of arming teachers as some had suggested was rightly and soundly rejected by the president’s task force,” said [NEA President Dennis] Van Roekel. “We especially welcome the president’s comprehensive approach by allowing school districts the option to design and implement appropriate measures to make schools safer and protect their students.”