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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: April 25, 2018 11:06 AM
From: Representative Mindy Fee
To: All House members
Subject: School Entity Executive Session
Soon, I intend to introduce legislation that would amend the Pennsylvania Public School Code to exempt public school entity discussions of security and emergency preparedness from open meetings requirements. This bill will establish these discussions as an acceptable reason to hold an executive session.
We are all aware that school security is an increasingly important issue in the world in which we currently live given the most recent events in Florida. It is imperative that schools develop effective and up-to-date emergency preparedness plans and procedures. Further, school boards and boards of trustees should be able to openly discuss security issues, such as plans for evacuation or lockdown, staff training, communication procedures, and the overall physical security of school buildings, without fear that an outside will use this information to the detriment of the school system.

It is my hope that this legislation will grant public school entities the ability to freely debate and develop security plans that address the needs and weaknesses of their schools.

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Introduced as HB2327