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Newtown Congresswoman Proposes Incentives To Get Donations To Build New School

Task Force Decided Last Month To Tear Down Old Sandy Hook Elementary
A sign near Chalk Hill Middle school greets students from Sandy Hook on December 18, 2012 in Monroe, Connecticut. (Photo credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

A sign near Chalk Hill Middle school greets students from Sandy Hook on December 18, 2012 in Monroe, Connecticut. (Photo credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Tragedy In Newtown

NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) – U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty is introducing an amendment to provide incentives to defense contractors that make donations to help build a new Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, as well as other schools disrupted by a traumatic crisis.

The congresswoman, who represents Newtown, on Tuesday offered the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act.

Under the proposal, defense contractors that make financial or in-kind donations to help rebuild elementary or secondary schools affected by violent or traumatic events would receive preference for Department of Defense contracts.

Last month, a Newtown task force unanimously decided to tear down the elementary school where 20 first-graders and six educators were killed.

The 430 surviving students began attending class at a renovated school renamed Sandy Hook Elementary School in the neighboring town of Monroe in January.

Connecticut’s congressional delegation is seeking federal funds to help build a new school. State lawmakers have set aside up to $50 million in bonding as well.

The Dec. 14 shooting rampage was one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.

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