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)ne of the largest classroom technology initiatives in US history is underway in the Greensboro area. Starting in Fall 2013, 13,000 students in Guilford County will receive tablets computers when they begin the 6th grade. Last year the county was awarded a federal “Race to the Top” grant for 30 million dollars. Here are WUNC stories on this topic:

Budd, Guilford Co. School Officials Discuss School Safety

A sign indicates a no-student drop-off zone with Wake County public school buses in the background.
Brian Batista
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A sign indicates a no-student drop-off zone with Wake County public school buses in the background.

U.S. Representative Ted Budd met with Guilford County School officials and law enforcement to discuss what can be done to improve school safety and security in the area.Funding, mental health and arming teachers were the main topics at the meeting.

Budd, who owns a gun store and shooting range in Forsyth County, has previously stated he is against additional gun control laws. He said he wants to figure out how to keep schools safe moving forward.

“We have to look at what can we do to share an officer between multiple schools, do preventive technology, preventive training,” he said.

Out of 126 schools in the Guilford County School district, sixty are without school resource officers.

Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes said without fully understanding how mental health issues affect some people, they're at a loss on how to protect students.

“We can't share that information now, we can't do the things we need to do, to have the knowledge we need to do to protect our citizens in some cases,” Barnes said. “So that's what we'll be working on.”
 

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