PASS K-12 is proud to be part of a group of parents, educators, and emergency preparedness and industry groups that released the following statement on the U.S. House of Representatives’ recent passage of H.R. 4909, STOP School Violence Act of 2018:
“We applaud Congress’ efforts to address the important issue of school and student safety. The House’s passage of the ‘STOP School Violence Act’ is one of many steps to fund school security improvements and invest in early intervention and prevention programs to stop school violence before it happens.
“The bill’s passage is encouraging, and we are optimistic that it will create the momentum and political urgency to deliver a final bill to President Trump.
“We urge the Senate to move swiftly and pass its version of legislation, S. 2495, to clear the way for enactment of a final bill. School districts and states should have maximum flexibility to meet the most critical needs of their schools, including facility security. House and Senate leaders should work to achieve an equitable grant distribution ensuring that schools can choose options under the bill that meet local needs, and limited funds first go to public schools.
“Educators and communities across the country are moving forward to address security deficiencies in their schools. Funding from Congress will help close those gaps faster.”
PASS K-12 joins the following organizations in support of the STOP School Violence Act of 2018:
- Safe and Sound Schools
- National School Boards Association (NSBA)
- National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO)
- National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM)
- National Council on School Facilities (NCSF)
- National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA)
- International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA)
- Secure Schools Alliance (the Alliance)
- Security Industry Association (SIA)
- DHI Door Security + Safety Professionals (DHI)
- Door Safety and Security Foundation (DSSF)
- 21st Century School Fund (21CSF)