According to data from a survey conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics, armed officers were present at least once a week in 43 percent of all public schools during the 2015-16 school year, compared with 31 percent of schools a decade before.

Armed security officers are becoming more prevalent at schools across the country, according to a federal study released Thursday.

According to data from a survey conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics, armed officers were present at least once a week in 43 percent of all public schools during the 2015-16 school year, compared with 31 percent of schools a decade before.

The study came out a day after Education Secretary Betsy DeVos kicked off a federal school safety panel. DeVos has said that schools should have the option to arm teachers.

Many people are divided on the issue of having armed officers in schools. Some say it will make schools safer, while others argue it will scare students and lead to more arrests.

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