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English Seeks Solutions On School Safety

I participated in the House Education Committee’s public hearing on School Safety and took the opportunity to ask the testifiers some questions on the subject.

I have also reached out and appreciate the input on school safety from our districts’ school board presidents, school superintendents, school principals, and police chiefs. Consistent feedback is that school safety is best handled on the local level, as each municipality and school district has unique characteristics and populations. Of course, it’s imperative also that Pennsylvania elected officials assist with school safety initiatives proposed at the local levels. There are numerous bills introduced on school safety that I will be considering in Harrisburg.

Below are video clips of my questions and the responses:  

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Testimony on the Current Landscape of School Safety: Matthew Stemm, deputy secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, PA Department of Education; Major Douglas Burig, Director, Bureau of Criminal Investigation, PA State Police and; Jeff Thomas, executive deputy director, PA Emergency Management Agency.
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Testimony on the Views of Pennsylvania Education Organizations: Michael Faccinetto, governing board president, PA School Boards Association and school board president, Bethlehem Area School District; Dolores McCracken, president, PA State Education Association; Jonathan Bauer, PA Principals Association and high school principal, Upper Merion School District; Dr. Mark DiRocco, executive director, PA Association of School Administrators; Brent Kessler, PA Association of School Business Officials and business manager, Central York School District.
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Testimony on Recommendations To Improve School Safety: A. Stevens Krug, AIA Pennsylvania and Principal, Krug Architects; Mark Zilinskas, mathematics teacher, Indiana Area High School; Dr. Sarah Daly, assistant professor, Criminology, Law, and Society, St. Vincent College; Dr. David Helsel, superintendent, Blue Mountain School District.

I listened to a fourth panel who gave testimony on national approaches to school safety. Testifiers were Lauren Sisneros, state relations strategist, Education Commission of State Legislatures; and Jennifer Palmer, research analyst II, education program, National Conference of State Legislatures.                              

I continue to hold my “Speak With Hals” to meet one-on-one with constituents about their concerns and ideas. Please visit my website at www.RepEnglish.com for the event schedule.
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