King’s bill gets drilled

We’re not at all unhappy to record the death of Rep. Steve King’s bill that would have required every public school in Colorado — from kindergarten through college — to hold emergency drills at least twice a year.

There were a number of things wrong with the bill introduced by the Grand Junction Republican. There were concerns over legislative interference in school planning, and worries that the drills King sought would allow violent individuals to see how schools would react in emergencies and would therefore be better able to plan horrific attacks.

Our primary concern, however, is the time and cost involved. In the middle of an economic crisis, when public schools, colleges and universities are all facing budget cuts, adding another costly mandate makes no sense. And, when academic performance is an issue for many public schools, requiring one more effort that detracts from efforts to improve performance is equally senseless.

The House Education Committee was right to kill King’s bill.


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