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Arizona schools chief to develop school safety plans

Posted at 5:56 PM, May 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-13 21:15:14-04

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona schools chief Kathy Hoffman is creating a task force to look at ways to prevent violence on campuses.

Hoffman, a Democrat, said Monday that her office will seek to implement school-safety legislation that did not advance in the Republican-controlled Legislature.

She says the task force will include students, law-enforcement, mental health experts, school counselors and others. They'll develop model school-safety plans and urge districts to adopt them.

She announced the plan in a news conference at the state Capitol with Republican Sen. Kate Brophy McGee and students from the student activist group March For Our Lives Arizona. They described a comprehensive look at school safety that goes beyond keeping buildings secure. It seeks to identify and help students experiencing depression, anxiety or other mental health concerns.