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
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Senate sends bills cracking down on hazing, ending Keystone grad requirements to Wolf

Senate sends bills cracking down on hazing, ending Keystone grad requirements to Wolf

The Pennsylvania Senate sent legislation to tighten laws around hazing and phase out the Keystone exams as graduation requirements to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk Monday, both of which he announced his intent to sign.
Monday, October 15, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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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
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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
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Philadelphia schools experiment with mental health program for students

Philadelphia schools experiment with mental health program for students

The Senate Appropriations Committee met at Temple University Tuesday to analyze the Philadelphia Healthy and Safe Schools Initiative that has kicked off in two inner-city elementary schools, Bethune and Kenderton.

Under Act 44, Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine will work on implementing reforms at two K-8 schools in Philadelphia that take into account students’ mental health.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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