|Posted:||December 3, 2020 03:10 PM|
|From:||Representative Karen Boback|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Study of School Violence in Commonwealth Schools|
|I plan to re-introduce a resolution (HR 940) directing the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a comprehensive study on school violence statistics and reports throughout this Commonwealth.
Pennsylvania schools should be safe havens for teaching and learning, free of crime and violence. Any instance of crime or violence at a school not only affects the individuals involved, but also may disrupt the educational process. Our school districts, intermediate units, area career and technical schools, and charter schools are to file an annual school violence statistics and reports to the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office for Safe office no later than July 31 of each year. Accurately reporting school violence data is used for early identification of trends, identification of crime patterns, and to provide related red flags so school and safety officials can intervene before a problem becomes entrenched.
My proposed resolution will direct the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a study on crimes committed on public secondary school grounds throughout this Commonwealth and issue a report on the study's findings of what is and is not working and best practices in utilizing school safety data to make data-driven decisions.
I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.
MURT, STEPHENS, ULLMAN, KINSEY, DONATUCCI, CIRESI, PASHINSKI, HOWARD, HELM, BARRAR, MERSKI, GAINEY AND CONKLIN
Introduced as HR52