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Let school safety panel do its work

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Modified: June 13, 2013 at 6:05 pm •  Published: January 25, 2013
A special commission authorized by the Legislature to study school safety has just started its work. The hope is that the panel’s findings and recommendations will result in legislation that can be acted upon later in the session.
State Rep. Joe Dorman, D-Rush Springs, doesn’t want to wait.
Dorman has proposed a resolution that, if approved by a vote of the people, would let school districts issue a new type of bond to find safety upgrades or hire safety officers. He also wants schools to be able to use fingerprint background checks on volunteers and others who interact with students in school-sponsored activities. It’s a modified version of a bill that won House approval last year.
Dorman is well-intentioned, but the safety commission needs time to complete its task. Lawmakers should allow that to happen before moving forward on a parallel track.
by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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