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School Safety

CTA Opposes Efforts to Arm Educators

School safety is a top priority and school districts should be working on their own safety systems while working with local law enforcement. Armed security should be left to the experts. But educators need and want continued training to help them spot potential mental health needs, bullying or high-risk behaviors.

The idea of arming teachers is a preposterous, cynical and unworkable solution. Teachers are in our schools to educate our students and prepare them for the future.

California’s educators overwhelmingly support stronger laws to ensure school safety and prevent gun violence. We strongly believe there must be a comprehensive approach based on input from communities and educators that includes access to counselors, mental health services, investing in infrastructure and critical programs in schools and campuses and commonsense gun safety measures like universal background checks for gun purchases and a ban on military style assault weapons.

Every child deserves a chance to learn and no child succeeds alone.

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