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City Council Set to Vote on 'Avonte's Law'

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The City Council is set to vote on the school safety bill known as "Avonte's Law" Thursday, but the law doesn't change much.

The bill is named after Avonte Oquendo, the student whose remains were found after he disappeared from his Long Island City school in October.

It was introduced after eight additional children walked out of their schools.

The bill's sponsors and advocates originally wanted the legislation to require all elementary and special needs schools to have alarms on their doors.

Lawmakers encountered opposition from the Education Department and the Teachers Union, however.

The bill now states, "Door alarms may be placed at the discretion of the Department of Education, in consultation with the Police Department, at the exterior doors of school buildings under the jurisdiction of the Department of Education, including buildings serving grades pre-kindergarten through five or a District 75 program."

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