EDUCATION

Colorado school district decides whether to arm teachers

A rural Colorado school district is deciding whether to arm its teachers and other school staff to protect its students.

The Hanover School District 28 board is set to vote Wednesday night on whether to allow school employees to volunteer to be armed on the job after undergoing training.

The district's two schools are about 30 miles southeast of Colorado Springs, and it takes law enforcement an average of 20 minutes to get there.

Other school districts in Colorado and in Texas, Oklahoma and California have also allowed teachers to carry weapons since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.

The latest vote comes on the fourth anniversary of the shooting. Officials say the proposal has been in the works since June and the timing of the final vote is coincidental.