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Texas Republicans want to arm more school employees, but few districts are opting in

Since Texas launched the school marshal program in 2013, just 84 school districts out of more than 1,200 have armed school staff. Educators say the program’s lack of popularity shows that teachers don’t want to be the ones to defend schools from mass shootings.

Leslye Mitchell, principal of Highland Village Elementary, helps students on the first day of in-person classes in Highland Village, on Sept. 8, 2020.

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