Ortitay hopes to make schools safer with threat assessment teams, shooter training

Ortitay hopes to make schools safer with threat assessment teams, shooter training

There’s no clear, unified answer on how to curb school shootings in the US, but that hasn’t stopped lawmakers across the country from trying.

Pennsylvania legislators have attempted to take a balanced approach by helping schools enhance their security, while also making it easier to report potential threats. As lawmakers in the General Assembly — and across the country — continue searching for answers, one state legislator wants to build off the state’s Safe2Say anonymous tip reporting system and provide additional funding to schools for employee self-defense training.
Friday, May 24, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Legislators propose package of bills that aim to keep schools safe, support students and staff

Legislators propose package of bills that aim to keep schools safe, support students and staff

House Democrats led by Rep. Dan Miller (D-Allegheny) joined to announce a package of bills that would put more money into supporting safe schools and healthy students. 

The legislators want to be able to stop problems in schools before they happen by building a better team for those working in schools, supporting students in need and also supporting the supporters in schools. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Did You Get The Memo? Proposals for a ban on kratom, school self-defense training and Right-to-Know reforms

Did You Get The Memo? Proposals for a ban on kratom, school self-defense training and Right-to-Know reforms

A weekly look at new proposals from lawmakers in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. In our latest iteration of our weekly feature on new co-sponsorship memoranda, we take a look at proposals to ban the herbal supplement kratom, potential changes to the state’s Right-to-Know Law, and self-defense training for school employees. 

Friday, April 12, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
School districts get first taste of $60 million in new school safety spending

School districts get first taste of $60 million in new school safety spending

All but four of Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts received $25,000 this week to address school safety measures.

The funding, authorized by the 2018 state budget and distributed through a committee with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, was a top political goal for legislative leaders this year on the heels of the Parkland school shooting in February.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh Public Schools hold hearing on arming officers in schools

Pittsburgh Public Schools hold hearing on arming officers in schools

Since the deadly Parkland shooting in February, school districts across the country have questioned if armed officers in schools are the answer to keeping students safe.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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