Ky. lawmakers pass new legislation to keep students safe despite funding cuts

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by WHAS11

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Posted on December 14, 2013 at 12:56 AM

Updated Saturday, Dec 14 at 9:23 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – As school safety in this country is re-examined, we take a look at how Kentucky funds safety programs for schools.

Making schools safer is always a priority in districts but the money used to help achieve this goal has been cut significantly over the past five years.

In 2008 funding levels for safe school programs was at $10.3 million. By 2010 that number was down to $4.7 million and in 2012 the budget was set at $4.5 million.

Despite the cut in the funding Kentucky lawmakers have passed new legislation to keep kids safe. Now all classroom doors have to be locked from the outside so a possible intruder can't just walk in to a class.

School district superintendents also meet with police chiefs and come up with a safety plan and give that to all emergency responders.

WHAS11's Chelsea Rabideau has more, click on the video player above.

 

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