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Monday, May 8, 2017

Abramson bill requiring private, charter schools to have suicide prevention programs passes House unanimously

Posted By on Mon, May 8, 2017 at 5:07 PM

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The Louisiana House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill Monday that requires nonpublic and charter schools enact suicide prevention programs. The law already requires it in public schools.

House Bill 452 by Rep. Neil Abramson, D-New Orleans, mandates all charter and approved nonpublic school teachers, school counselors and principals to have in-service training in suicide prevention as determined by the board, other school administrators.

HB 452 would keep current state law, which requires at least two hours of in-service suicide prevention training for public school teachers, counselors and principals, under which the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) develops regulations.

The measure now goes to the state Senate for consideration.

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