Bipartisan School Safety Bill Would Establish Information Database
The School Safety Clearinghouse Act would be managed by the Department of Homeland Security, and include recommendations from professionals on school safety.
In the wake of mass shootings across the nation, U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Doug Jones (D-AL) have introduced the School Safety Clearinghouse Act, which would make recommendations for how to improve school security and design.
The federally-funded clearinghouse would be managed by the Department of Homeland Security and include recommendations from engineers, architects, first responders, building security experts and mental health advocates, according to a press release from Sen. Perdue. It would not advocate for specific technologies or tools or impose any mandates on school districts.
“Every student deserves access to a safe learning environment and a quality education,” said Sen. Perdue in the release. “As a father and a grandfather, keeping children safe is my top priority. When a parent brings a child into a public school, there is an implicit agreement that their child will be kept safe. My mom and dad were school teachers, and they talked about school safety all the time. As an engineer by trade, I believe the first step to improving school security is addressing the structural safety of schools. Our bill would simply create a resource where state and local officials can find best practices for school security and design. Ultimately, it will allow parents, teachers, and administrators to make informed decisions about the best ways to keep their schools and communities safe.”
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