Aid could be cut for schools not performing safety drills - WNEM TV 5

Aid could be cut for schools not performing safety drills

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A senator wants to put teeth into the law requiring schools to perform safety drills.

Right now, all K-12 schools have to complete drills for fires, lockdowns and tornadoes.

But TV5 has learned the law is largely unenforced.

The new legislation would require them to report their drills to the state.

Those that didn't would see 5 percent of their state aid withheld until they complied.

The legislation was prompted due to the incident at a school in Dowagiac, in which a teen brandishing a gun outside of the school, walked into the nearby woods and killed himself.

The bill would also force school districts to constantly review safety procedures and to perform all necessary drills.

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