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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

PA Senator Joe Scarnati To Sponsor School Safety Legislation

PA Senator Joe Scarnati To Sponsor School Safety Legislation

Posted: January 22, 2013 08:48 AM
From: Senator Joseph Scarnati
To: All Senate members
Subject: Safe Schools Legislation

In the near future I will be introducing legislation to provide targeted grants to Pennsylvania schools in order to address the issue of school violence and improve school safety.  This proposal will expand and enhance the current Safe Schools Grant program offered by the Office for Safe Schools within the Pennsylvania Department of Education.  In addition, a new program will be established, within the Office for Safe Schools, to provide dedicated grant funding to school entities for the purpose of training and hiring armed guards to provide security for their schools.

The unimaginable tragedy which took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut last month has generated a nationwide discussion on the issue of school safety.  It is apparent that the most important thing Government can do in order to combat evil individuals, like the mass-murderer who took so many innocent lives in Newtown, is to ensure the greatest level of security possible is provided for our schools.

Many school districts across the Commonwealth currently employ armed police and school resource officers who provide vital protection for our school administrators, teachers and students.  Superintendents who have contacted me in the past month have extolled the value of the presence of these brave individuals in their schools, while others have inquired as to where they can procure  the funding in order to hire them.  In addition, I have heard from several qualified individuals, in my district, who are more than willing to provide this important service to protect our children.

Currently, approximately $500,000 a year is awarded in Safe Schools Targeted Grants.  My proposal would increase that amount to a total of $10 million per year.  Schools would be authorized to use the funding for a myriad of other school safety purposes in addition to armed security, including: security planning and purchase of security-related devices such as metal detectors, surveillance equipment, electronic locks and deadbolts, risk assessment and violence prevention curricula and plans, as well as conflict resolution and dispute management programs.

This Safe Schools Program represents an important first step in addressing the issue of violence in our schools and achieving the ultimate goal of keeping our children safe.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation.


Anonymous said...

I can't believe Scarnati is finally doing something right. Now if he could get close to 'One Term Tom', maybe some of the 'good crazy' would jump off Joey on to Tommy.

Anonymous said...

I am all for anything we can do to keep our children safe in school and out of school. But throwing more money at it isn't the answer like some people in the town where i live seem to think. First and foremost you have to be on it every day. Use what you have every day. Not just most of the time!

Anonymous said...

I support him on this. The only way to protect our kids from guns is with guns. Bigger, badder and more well trained.

Anonymous said...

Agree with 3:48!!!
Unfortunately, that's what the world has come to.

Anonymous said...

They could issue the kids full suits of body armor when they arrive every day..

Anonymous said...

School safety should be top priority. Any way you want to look at it, pro gun or anti gun, if these damn idiots could never make it in the school they couldnt hurt anyone. Have they ever heard of a fence with automatic gate and cameras? Hell, I have to pass one just to get into work at a factory! And it needs to be far enough away in case they breach the fence that there is plenty of notice so an ARMED AND TRAINED GUARD (or more) would be waiting when they make it to the building. And glass doors??? Sure they look nice but id be willing to sacrafice appearance for childrens safety any day. Anyway, I hope they use the money wisely and responsibly. And I support every single penny they use on it.

DT DAVE said...

Way To Go! Sen. Joe Scarnati.
Where Will You Get This "NEW" $10,000,000/Year?
Oh Yeah, From Us, The TAXPAYERS!
Whoa Joe, We ALL Want "SAFE Schools", but Can't You Just Pay for This Out of YOU & Your Elected Officials' Already EXCESSIVE Pay and Benefits Package?
Just Sayin'...