NYSSBA poll finds board members are wary of guns in schools

FOR RELEASE: February 1, 2019



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More than seven in 10 school board members in New York State do not support arming school staff, according to the results of a new poll by the New York State School Boards Association.

Arming school staff was one of the recommendations made by a federal panel created by President Trump to study safety in U.S. schools. The Federal Commission on School Safety was formed in response to the February 2018 school shootings in Parkland, Fla.

Seventy-two percent of school board members surveyed said they do not support the measure. Twenty percent said they did support it, while 8 percent were not sure.

"The results of the poll seem to show that school board members are wary of broadening the presence of guns in schools," said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer.

The poll asked about two other recommendations put forward by the panel. Asked whether they support restricting access to firearms of students found to be a danger to themselves or others, 89 percent of school board members said they supported the proposal. A little less than 5 percent did not support it, while 6 percent were not sure.

With regard to offering incentives and lower certification standards to become educators to people with firearms training, such as retired law enforcement officials and military veterans, three-quarters of respondents (74 percent) did not support the recommendation. Nearly 13 percent did support it, while 12 percent were not sure.

Poll results are based on a random sample of school board members surveyed between January 11, 2019 and January 21, 2019. The poll has a margin of error of +/-5.2 percentage points and a confidence interval of 95 percent. 



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