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Catania Pushes For Stricter Safety Standards In D.C. Schools

D.C. Council member David Catania say the city needs to step up its school safety training.

Catania says the D.C. school system needs to identify the biggest threats to student safety and to standardize its training for these potential problems, from everyday challenges like bullying, to unthinkable acts such as an active shooter.

"These things are not to be taken lightly," Catania says. "We can't prevent everything, but we can do better."

Catania says there should be one place where teachers, students and parents can go to find out about what these issues are and what schools are doing to address them.

And one of the councilmember's big concerns is with the public charter school system, which is where more than 40 percent of D.C. students are enrolled.

Because the charters do not follow uniform regulations, Catania says there are "huge holes" in how these schools prepare and train for security issues.

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