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Bill Aims to Get Charter Schools out of Police No Man's Land

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers are trying to clear up confusion on which police agencies should respond to emergencies at charter schools.

Republican Assemblyman Stephen Silberkraus presented AB321 to the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday. The bill already passed the Assembly in a 39-3 vote.

Charter school administrators say they've been caught in a no man's land during emergency situations, with school district police referring them to regular police and vice versa.

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Police said they don't always communicate with charter schools about criminal activity nearby because officers don't always realize a charter school is in the area.

The bill would require school districts to contract with charter schools to provide them police services at cost upon request. Regular police forces would be responsible for responding to charter schools until the contracts are finished.