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Push to arm teachers part of Trump's school plan

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President Donald Trump's plan to combat school shootings will include a push to arm teachers and other school personnel and improve the federal background check system.

But Trump's plan will not include an explicit call on states to increase the minimum age for purchasing assault weapons, as Trump had previously advocated.

Instead, a new federal commission on school safety will examine that proposal, as well as others, as part of a longer-term examination of school safety issues and violence.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says that, "far too often, the focus" after shootings has been "only on the most contentious fights, the things that have divided people and sent them into their entrenched corners."

She says Trump's effort is "a pragmatic plan" that will "dramatically" improve safety in schools.

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The White House says President Donald Trump's plan to combat school shootings will include the creation of a new task force and an effort to "harden" schools so they're less vulnerable to attack.

But an official says the Trump plan will not include a call on states to increase the minimum age for purchasing assault weapons, as Trump has previously advocated. The official says that issue will be left to the task force to discuss.

The White House plans to release more details about the plan Sunday night, nearly a month after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 students and staff dead.

In the weeks since the massacre, Trump has held listening sessions with lawmakers, survivors of recent school shootings and the families of victims.

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President Donald Trump continues to demand that Republicans be given credit for racking up a scorecard of 5-0 in special congressional elections.

The fact his numbers are wrong has not deterred him from repeating the bogus claim for some nine months.

TRUMP: "The Republicans are 5-0 in recent Congressional races, a point which the Fake News Media continuously fails to mention. I backed and campaigned for all of the winners. They give me credit for one. Hopefully, Rick Saccone will be another big win on Tuesday." -- tweet Sunday.

THE FACTS: The actual score in congressional races last year -- meaning for the House -- is 5-1 for the Republicans. The GOP won in Utah, Montana, Kansas, South Carolina and Georgia. Democrats won in California. In every case, the party that had held the seat kept it.

Add the Senate race in Alabama won by a Democrat in August and the score is 5-2.

That was the only turnover from one party to the other.

Trump has been misrepresenting the results of special elections at least since June, when he led an Iowa rally in a chant of "Five and 0."

At the time, the score was 4-1.

Saccone is running for the House in Pennsylvania in the first special election this year.

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