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Lawmakers beef up school safety grant fund to pay for masks, gloves in pandemic

BY: - May 28, 2020

A competitive grant program created in the wake of a deadly school shooting is set to receive a record-high windfall of state and federal aid this year, which lawmakers say will help schools confront a new kind of threat in the fall: the spread of COVID-19.  A series of bills that state lawmakers advanced Thursday […]

U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick meets with Parkland families, Trump on school safety measures

BY: - February 11, 2020

It’s been a little more than two years since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla., that claimed the lives of 17 people. With years now rolling by, legislators and families are still pressing to find a consensus and solution to safer schools. 

Bill restoring school police arrest powers headed to Wolf

BY: - November 22, 2019

A bill that will let school police officers in Pennsylvania resume making arrests is headed to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk, after securing final approval from the state Senate on Thursday.  The chamber’s 39-14 vote  reverses a mistake lawmakers made in June, when they approved a bill that inadvertently stripped school police officers of that authority.  […]

COMMENTARY

Keeping students safe is a growth industry struggling to fulfill its mission | Opinion

BY: - October 17, 2019

Hardening school buildings distracts from the need to focus on human behavior and what's known about school shooters, and may make students less safe.

Pa. lawmakers accidentally took away school police officers’ ability to make arrests

BY: - October 1, 2019

Eighty districts across Pennsylvania employed a combined 617 school police officers during the 2017-18 school year, according to the most recent state data.

COMMENTARY

Pa.’s ‘Safe2Say’ program is really something to talk about | Opinion

BY: - September 24, 2019

Recently released data demonstrates program’s value as a comprehensive touchstone for reporting varying types of potential security issues. 

A Pa. state senator got the green light to start a school safety nonprofit — but can’t mention his day job

BY: - September 12, 2019

Protect PA Schools will collect donations to help private and public schools get security upgrades, personnel, and consulting. 

Pennsylvania set up a tip line for school threats. Instead, students overwhelmingly called with mental health concerns

BY: - August 8, 2019

While demand for mental health services outstrips access in Pennsylvania, state lawmakers in recent years haven’t increased spending.

With new tip line in place, lawmakers push schools to address reported threats

BY: - June 11, 2019

In the wake of the Parkland shooting, Pennsylvania's Legislature last year poured $60 million into school safety funding while also creating a statewide tip line to report threats of school violence.

After huge demand, state senator wants Pa. to budget $125 million for school safety grants

BY: - June 7, 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed funding two programs at $45 million and $10 million, respectively, in the state’s 2019-20 budget.

Armed school officers and security will get additional training under Senate bill

BY: - May 7, 2019

The devil is in the details, as a state Senate committee hearing demonstrated Tuesday.