Proposal to arm Illinois teachers turned down

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CHICAGO (WIFR) -- A controversial proposal that would have allowed teachers to be armed in school was turned down by the Illinois Association of School Boards.

Members voted against the proposal during a an annual meeting on Saturday during which board discussed steps to protect students from mass shootings.

According to a WGN report from Chicago, the measure of arming teachers splits along the state's urban and rural fault lines.The proposal failed by a vote of 203 to 179.

While the American Federation of Teachers and gun control advocates oppose the measure, President Trump and the NRA have both voiced support for arming teachers.