People light candles in front of mementoes placed in front of the fence of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to commemorate the victims of the mass shooting, in Parkland, Florida, U.S., February 21, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins.
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Following 24 school shooting attacks in 2018, a US congressman introduced legislation aiming to help the families of teachers killed in attacks.
Representative Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) introduced on Tuesday the Teacher Victims' Family Assistance Act of 2019. The legislation aims to assist families of K-12 teachers and other school employees killed while performing school duties.
The bill would order the Secretary of Education to provide assistance to families of those killed, including funeral arrangements, as well as monthly payments toward the surviving spouse (until death or remarriage), and undergraduate education assistance for each dependent child.
"It is alarming that there is currently no mechanism in place to assist the families of teachers with the long-term cost of having a loved one die prematurely," said Hastings in a statement.
"I am proud to introduce the legislation to provide much needed assistance to our educator's families."
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