McCormick: More resources needed for school safety

Funding continues to be a hurdle on school safety efforts across the country, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick said Tuesday.

McCormick hosted school officials from 50 states in Indianapolis for a State Education Chief Roundtable on School Safety to swap ideas and share concerns following the Parkland, Fla., shooting in February that left 14 students and three staff members dead.

The conference focused on “resources, readiness and relationships” with law enforcement and other community members, she said.

At issue was the need to tackle the social, emotional and mental health of students. How schools balance paying for everyday needs with securing buildings was also a struggle for schools nationally, she said.