Teachers call for fairer school funding

Clark Elementary School in Cleveland

"The bats are more symbolic than anything", said Superintendent William Hall.

"If a student doesn't get it one week, not all hope is lost, we're going to keep working on it, we're going to keep building, hopefully by the end of the year we'll learn a thing or two", he said.

Karen Munson, who has a son in eighth grade in the district, told ABC News she is completely in favor of having these bats in the classrooms. The bat measures 16 inches long and appears to be made of plastic or another lightweight material, according to a video report. "Unfortunately we're in a day and age where we may need to use them to protect ourselves and our kids", he said.

Baker said it is important for students to set time aside for a play date with themselves once a week, even if they feel they are too busy. "There are options, and one of those is to fight".

The district, which serves more than 7,000 students, gave out bats to teachers following a day of school shooting response training.

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The Australian Education Union will present the ministers on Friday with a letter - signed by nearly 6000 parents and teachers - urging a better deal for government schools. The idea, prompted a significant backlash, including opposition from many teachers and military veterans, though it was quickly embraced by gun rights supporters.

The district recently revised its policies for what to do during a "hard lockdown", Hall told ABC News today, surveyed the community about suggestions to make schools safer. The idea being that the shooter will face a classroom full of kids chucking rocks at him. "And they will be stoned". What if that teacher was carrying a gun, the student knew and grabbed it and started shooting in the cafeteria?

A Pennsylvania school district has opted to give its teachers small wooden baseball bats as an alternative to hiding during deadly attacks similar to the one in Parkland that left 17 students and teachers dead.

The district decided it would move forward with almost a dozen safety improvements, including building a concrete wall to an open walkway linking two of its campuses, installing security film on its windows and constructing "secured entrances" at five of its schools over the summer.

The head of teacher's union, Jon Cacchione, president of the Millcreek Education Association, supports the program and arming teachers with miniature baseball bats, but draws the line at effective weapons.

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