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Students arrive for class at Mahnomen Elementary School in Mahnomen, Minnesota September 26, 2013. The U.S. government may have headed off some of the most dire predictions about the "sequester," but over seven months, the across-the-board spending cut has thrown sand into the gears of the economic recovery. Mahnomen school district, which serves the White Earth Indian reservation in Minnesota, lost three percent of its funding due to the sequester. The district didn't replace a teacher who retired and has scaled back on homework tutoring and an alternative-school program for teenage mothers. Another year of cuts could force the school to lay off teachers and scale back bus service, superintendent Jeff Bisek says.  Picture taken September 26, 2013.   REUTERS/Dan Koeck   (UNITED STATES - Tags: EDUCATION POLITICS BUSINESS) - GM1E99S159L01

How to make schools safe without arming teachers

Michael Hansen, a senior fellow in Governance Studies and director of the Brown Center on Education Policy, evaluates President Trump’s recent proposal to arm public school teachers. He discusses why he believes arming teachers will not prevent gun violence, and proposes alternative ways the government can make schools safer environments for students.

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