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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: April 4, 2018 10:04 AM
From: Senator James R. Brewster and Sen. Wayne D. Fontana, Sen. John P. Blake, Sen. Daylin Leach
To: All Senate members
Subject: Statewide School Safety Commission
I plan on introducing legislation to address school safety and the need for statewide policies and procedures to ensure the protection and well-being of our children while they are attending school.

My legislation calls for the creation of a Statewide School Safety Commission. This commission will analyze existing safety procedures, and study new ideas, technology and strategies to help lawmakers and education officials develop improved school safety policies.

The Safety Commission will draw on expertise from safety experts, education officials and law enforcement and benefit from the perspective of teachers, students, parents and those designated by legislative leaders.

The 12-member Statewide School Safety Commission will use data collected by a school safety audit and inventory to be completed by the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC). It requires the LBFC to complete the safety audit and inventory of all schools and report its findings to the Commission before December 31, 2018.

The Commission will consist of the following: Secretary of Education or designee; four members appointed by the majority and minority leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives; State Police Commissioner or designee; one member appointed from the Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police; one parent who has a child who attends a public school appointed from a list supplied by a statewide organization representing parents and teachers; one member appointed from a list supplied by a statewide association representing public school employees; one member from a list supplied by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, one student appointed from a list supplied by The State Board of Education; and a superintendent appointed from a list supplied from the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators.