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School Safety

"Four weeks before the midterm elections," today's conference "allows Bush to return to the politically safe issue of education and child safety," notes the AP.  "But the federal role in making schools safer is limited because education remains mainly a local matter.  The White House chose to host a national sharing of ideas, hoping to seize a moment when people are focused on preventing violence...  No new policies are expected; strategies for keeping schools safe are widely known."