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5:51 am
Sat April 13, 2013

Oklahoma School Safety Laws Change Little for Schools

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Officials say the package of school security bills that have passed the Oklahoma legislature and now await Gov. Mary Fallin's signature won't make schools much safer.

Both the Senate and House have approved four bills establishing a school safety institute and telling schools to run intruder drills, report firearms found on campus and share their emergency plans with local emergency responders. The bills came from a committee convened to study the problem after last year's deadly elementary school shooting rampage in Newtown, Conn.

But officials in districts ranging in size from 120 students to 44,000 say they've been doing what the bills say for years.

The school officials say the bills could be useful as a starting point for future safety plans and funding.