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