Residents have rejected a budget that included money for extra school security in the wake of the December school shootings, with town leaders suggesting the spending and required tax increases were a hard sell.
Newtown has hired a trauma expert and mental health adviser to determine what help town residents need more than three months after 20 children and six educators were fatally shot at an elementary school.
Speaking at a conference on gun violence a dozen miles from the scene of the Connecticut school massacre, Vice President Joe Biden tried to rally support Thursday for the Obama administration's gun control proposals.
Family members of the six adults killed in the Newtown, Conn., school shooting gathered at the White House Friday as President Obama bestowed the nation's second-highest civilian honor on their fallen relatives.
Since last month's massacre, the plan has become more ambitious, with museums around the country collecting donations and organizers looking to renovate a 52,000-square-foot building to host the new learning center.