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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DePasquale releases recommendations and findings from school safety task force report

DePasquale releases recommendations and findings from school safety task force report

On Monday afternoon Auditor General Eugene DePasquale hosted a press conference where he discussed the recommendations in the Pennsylvania School Safety Task Force final report.
 

From April until June the task force held six regional round tables at schools where they listened to parents, students, school officials, law enforcement and others about their ideas on how to keep school safe and secure. 

Monday, August 27, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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School officials ask for consistent funding, Republicans ask about armed employees at safety hearing

School officials ask for consistent funding, Republicans ask about armed employees at safety hearing

The tragic repeat of school shooting headlines moved the Pennsylvania legislature to act this year, to the tune of $60 million extra school safety funding.

But with the budget signed and the distribution system — through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency — set, state Republicans have turned to finding out what else they can do.

From social media bullying to school safety surveys to arming trained school personnel, all were discussed Wednesday at Cedar Crest High School in Lebanon as the Senate Republican Policy Committee held its third roundtable on keeping pupils protected.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Governor appoints new head of School Safety and Security Committee

Governor appoints new head of School Safety and Security Committee

Gov. Tom Wolf today announced current Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency chairman Charles Ramsey will take over as chair of the School Safety and Security Committee, which was established with the enactment of Act 44 in June.

Monday, July 23, 2018/Author: Mike Howells
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