Deadline Looms For Tennessee Lawmakers Looking At School Security

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A quick deadline looms for the Tennessee Governor’s group looking at school security. It met Thursday for the first time.

The school security group at the capitol has big task with a short amount of time to do it.

House Republican Caucus Chair Ryan Williams is one of four lawmakers on Governor Bill Haslam’s school security working group.

“A lot of the discussion is how do we find money for SRO’s because I think there is a desire to do that,” said St. Rep. Ryan Williams.

That’s where there’s urgency. Lawmakers would have to approve new funding before they leave next month or in early May, but there will be many issues.

“Rural schools are a little different than urban districts, so I want to make sure that the voice I bring is representing those rural school districts,” said St. Sen. Paul Bailey.

One of those on the Governor’s group is a former longtime educator who knows schools weren’t always built for security.

“I know the high school where I was principal we have seven entrances, so we would really like some money to help with the improvement,” said St. Rep. David Byrd.

All three lawmakers on the group hope mental health issues are addressed by group.

Representative Byrd says his bill to allow some teachers and staff carry guns is on hold, pending what happens with recommendations from the school security group.

The Governor says he would call a special session if necessary to provide funding. The school security group will also be meeting the next two Thursdays.

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