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Senate Bill 621 Takes Away Arrest Power in Pennsylvania

Senate Bill 621 Takes Away Arrest Power in Pennsylvania

Senate Bill 621 was clarified in early July, but one of the unintended consequences that came with it was the restriction of arrest powers for both officers who are directly employed by schools and officers who work through third-party vendors.

New York State Signs Legislation to Allow Cameras on School Bus Stop Arms

New York State Signs Legislation to Allow Cameras on School Bus Stop Arms

In light of many violators of passing school buses while stopped, Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently signed legislation that permits school buses to install cameras on stop arms.



Florida Initiates School Safety Database Amid Protests

Florida Initiates School Safety Database Amid Protests

A state school safety database will be launched, even though many have argued that this will erode students’ trust and be more harmful than helpful.

How Pennsylvania Schools Spent the $40 Million Granted for School Safety

How Pennsylvania Schools Spent the $40 Million Granted for School Safety

After being granted $40 million in school safety funding, school districts used their money in a variety of ways, ranging from video surveillance to yoga training.

Health Researcher Says Kentucky Isn’t Doing Enough for School Safety through Senate Bill 1

Health Researcher Says Kentucky Is Not Doing Enough for School Safety through Senate Bill 1

The School Safety and Resiliency Act in Kentucky will beef up security through both hardening and softening measures, but health researcher Jagdish Khubchandani said that the lawmakers are missing a vital piece of child gun violence prevention.

Tennessee to Place School Resource Officers in Every School, Perform Security Assessments

Tennessee to Place School Resource Officers in Every School Perform Security Assessments

The governor of Tennessee recently approved a $40 million grant to put SROs in every school in the state. In addition, the state will be assessing the school security measures that are already in place.

Missouri School Safety Task Force Releases School Safety Report

Missouri School Safety Task Force Releases School Safety Report

Last year, Gov. Mike Parson signed an executive order to increase Missouri’s school safety by receiving recommendations from educators and the public on how best to ensure students’ safety. The report is now available.

Florida School Districts Criticized for Failing to Enact Required Safety Measures

Florida School Districts Criticized for Failing to Enact Required Safety Measures

A report that was recently released by a statewide grand jury chastises Florida school districts for failing to comply with safety measures that were set out after the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.

 Texas School Safety Laws Implementation Lags, May Be Pushed to 2020-2021

Texas School Safety Laws Implementation Lags, May Be Pushed to 2020-2021

Although lawmakers have approved a number of laws in order to increase school safety, the size and scope of Texas might put a damper of quick implementation.

New York Districts Fail to Meet State Requirements for District Safety Plans

New York Districts Fail to Meet State Requirements for District Safety Plans

Some school districts in New York failed to meet minimum state requirements for district safety plans. The districts must now revise their safety plans.

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