- Associated Press - Monday, May 5, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A bill creating a system for the Department of Education to help Connecticut school districts make sure their security plans are adequate is moving through the General Assembly.

The House of Representatives on Monday voted unanimously in favor of the bill, which creates guidelines for the state to follow when working with districts whose “safe school climate plans” have been rejected.

Lawmakers required school security plans last year in response to the Newtown school shooting.

Newtown Rep. Mitch Bolinsky said he was disappointed the bill no longer includes $4 million for competitive grants to help school districts provide students with safe transit to and from school.

West Hartford Rep. Andrew Fleischmann said the funding was removed because of state budget constraints. Fleischmann hopes the idea will be resurrected next year.

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