Rockford Public Schools shoot down proposal to arm teachers

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Laws on who can carry guns on school property are changing in some states, and can be seen as a deterrent to the rise in school shootings.

But the Rockford School Board made it clear Tuesday night that it is not in favor of arming teachers.

Board members voted down a proposal that would allow educators with training and concealed carry permits to carry guns on school property.

The Illinois Association of School Boards is considering a statewide proposal later this month.

Rockford School Superintendent Dr. Ehren Jarrett said, “Our board did affirm what the administrative recommendation was, that we do not want to support anything that involved arming teachers or providing any flexibility in that area.”

Jarrett says the Board supports additional funding to pay resource officers for schools, especially in rural area.

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