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John Huppenthal, the state’s superintendent of public instruction, explains Friday the training available -- but not mandated -- for public schools to deal with threats of violence like the incident in Connecticut. Huppenthal said it’s up to parents to ask school officials if they’ve gone through the program. (Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer)

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Arizona has threat-assessment and violence prevention programs to avoid shootings like the one in Connecticut

PHOENIX -- The state's top education official said Friday it's up to parents -- and not his agency -- to ensure that local schools have threat-assessment and violence prevention programs to avoid shootings like the one in Connecticut.