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Jan 13, 2016 4:16 PM

NH considers death benefit for school workers

The Associated Press

CONCORD — A New Hampshire lawmaker says school shootings have turned teachers into first responders, and they deserve the same state death benefits given to police and firefighters.

Katherine Rogers, a Democrat from Concord, told the House Finance Committee on Wednesday that while New Hampshire has been lucky enough to avoid mass violence in schools, educators are expected to protect children and undergo extensive training to do so. Her proposal would provide $100,000 to the family of any public school worker who dies in the line of duty.

Rogers says three other states have some kind of benefit for school workers.

Committee members said the bill needs work to clarify whether it would apply in cases of accidents and natural disasters, or only violent deaths.

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