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Paying for School Safety

Updated: Wednesday, March 20 2013, 04:50 PM EDT
COLUMBUS -- Senate Bill 42 is on its way to the full senate.

The bill would allow school districts to put levies on the ballot that would fund school safety specifically.

State Senate republicans Randy Gardner and Gayle Manning co-sponsored the bill.

Gardner says, "I don't believe Columbus or Washington should impose a one size fits all solution for local schools. There are only a few cases currently in law where school operating funds can designate them for a specific purpose."

Senate Bill 42 would change the law to allow that language for the ballot.

Districts would have the freedom to have a levy for school safety to fund anything from metal detectors to security guards.

The bill has the support of many statewide education organizations including the Ohio School Boards Association.

Deputy Director Michelle Francis says, "It's a local decision. It leaves it up to the voters. We're all about local control in the state of Ohio.”


Reporter: Mike Kallmeyer
Web Producer: Kellie HannaPaying for School Safety

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