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Sandy Hook Panel Lays Out Safety Recommendations

By The Associated Press — February 24, 2015 1 min read
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A panel charged with developing recommendations to prevent tragedies like the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings is calling for new gun-control measures, detailed safety standards for school buildings, and a new focus for Connecticut’s “fragmented and underfunded” mental-health system.

The proposals in the 256-page draft report issued this month by the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission include risk-assessment teams in schools to gather information and help students who may pose a risk to themselves or others, interior locks on all classroom doors, and serial numbers imprinted on shell casings.

The document marks the culmination of two years of work by a panel of experts formed in the wake of the Dec. 14, 2012, mass shootings, which left 20 Newtown, Conn., 1st graders and six educators dead.

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A version of this article appeared in the February 25, 2015 edition of Education Week as Sandy Hook Panel Lays Out Safety Recommendations

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