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Thursday, September 22, 2011

State Board of Education Approves Gun Safety Curriculum

WRIC 8 News tweeted earlier today that the State Board of Education approved at its meeting today a Gun Safety Curriculum that can be offered by local school divisions.  Last night, WTVR 6 News ran this story on the pending vote.

 

House Bill 1217 passed the General Assembly in 2010.  The bill allowed local school boards to offer firearm safety education programs in the elementary grades and instricted the State Board of Education to establish a standardized program of firearm safety education for students in the elementary school grades to promote the protection and safety of children. The bill requireed that the program objectives incorporate, among other principles of firearm safety, accident prevention and the rules of the NRA’s Eddie Eagle GunSafe® program. Local school boards offering the program must comply with Board curriculum guidelines and integrate the instruction in appropriate subject areas, if feasible, to ensure that every elementary school student receives instruction in firearm safety education.

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