OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- School districts across Oklahoma could allow teachers who undergo reserve officer training to carry weapons into classrooms under a bill approved by a House panel.
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The House Public Safety Committee voted 8-3 on Wednesday to approve the bill, which now heads to the full House for a vote. Several school officials have voiced their opposition to the proposal.
The bill by Sapulpa Republican Rep. Mark McCullough would allow school teachers or administrators to attend a basic police course academy for reserve deputies provided by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training. The basic course provides about 240 hours of training.
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The individual school districts would be responsible for the costs associated with the training, and McCullough says he intends to push for state funding to start the program.
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