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
First round of school safety funding allocated to more than 250 districts, law enforcement agencies

First round of school safety funding allocated to more than 250 districts, law enforcement agencies

Pennsylvania handed out $8.4 million in school safety grants Thursday.

The money, separate from the $60 million allocated during the year’s budget, will aid 269 different school or law enforcement entities with reducing violence in and around schools, whether with school resource officers, training, metal detectors or ID systems.

“Parents and students deserve to have confidence that our classrooms are safe places for children and teachers,” Gov. Tom Wolf said in a statement.
Friday, October 5, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
PCCD committee polishes distribution of $70 million in school safety funding

PCCD committee polishes distribution of $70 million in school safety funding

Lawmakers, security and schooling experts laid the groundwork for the distribution of $70 million in state school safety funding Wednesday at the second meeting of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security Committee.

The General Assembly allocated the funding under this year’s budget with a wide list of uses, from installing metal detectors or security cameras to providing training for teachers or ordering a threat assessment.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
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