Urge school boards to vote 'no' on guns in schools

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The League of Women Voters of Oak Park-River Forest opposes the arming of teachers and other staff in our community's schools. 

This November, the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) annual conference will consider two recommended resolutions: 

Resolution #1 would provide school boards the option to allow district employees to carry a concealed firearm with qualifications. 

Resolution #3 would create and fund a school safety grant to help assist school districts in the hiring of School Resource officers or security personnel. School Resource officers would be authorized to carry a firearm, providing training is received.

The passage of these resolutions would lead to IASB support of, and advocacy for, state legislation to arm teachers and school staff across the state. 

The League of Women Voters of Illinois (LWVIL) believes there is not adequate evidence to demonstrate the efficacy of such proposals. There are many areas of unanswered questions, including standards for training, the impact on children, and the need to fund social services for at-risk children. Such concerns must be addressed prior to pursuing these resolutions.

LWVIL urges members of the community to contact your local school board and urge a "no" vote on resolutions #1 and #3 at the IASB Conference in November.

Beverly Graham

President, League of Women Voters of OP-RF

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