BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A new survey shows uncertainty among school board members in New York state when it comes to whether they believe students have adequate access to mental health services.
The New York State School Boards Association surveyed its members in response to the fatal school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
The association says 38 percent of the 600 respondents said they don't believe students have enough access, while 14 percent said they weren't sure.
Board members also were split on whether stricter gun laws would make schools safer.
There's more of a consensus on whether federal funding should help pay for certified school resource officers, with more than two-thirds agreeing.
Executive Director Timothy Kremer says he favors a multi-dimensional approach to safety incorporating mental health services, resource officers and other measures.