January 22, 2013 - Senator Scarnati explains the importance of Safe Schools Legislation he will introduce in the near future. from Senator Scarnati on Vimeo.
School emergency plans and security measures designed to ensure student safety and increase school-to-parent communication during an emergency will receive an in-depth review by two key Senate committees.
The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, chaired by Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20), and the Senate Education Committee, chaired by Sen. Mike Folmer (R-48), will hold the hearing from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13 in the North Office Building, Hearing Room 1, Harrisburg.
Among the strategies to be discussed is a proposal I am sponsoring to dramatically increase the amount of funding available for grants that schools would be able to utilize for school safety and violence prevention initiatives. The funding could be used by schools for training and hiring armed guards, as well as for other types of school security measures to protect their students, teachers and administrators.
In light of the unimaginable tragedy which took place in Newtown CT, it is apparent that the most important thing government can do in order to combat evil is to ensure the greatest level of security possible in our schools.
Many school districts across the Commonwealth currently employ armed police and school resource officers. 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.
Testifiers at the Feb. 13 hearing will include representatives of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, the Pennsylvania State Education Association, the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, as well as school superintendents, teachers and principals.
Friday, February 1, 2013
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