WILMINGTON, DEL (March 4, 2016) – The Secure Schools Alliance sponsored the launch event of the Congressional School Safety Caucus on Capitol Hill Wednesday, recognizing the importance of a nation-wide conversation around security infrastructure in American education facilities.
The Congressional School Safety Caucus is a group of law makers organized by Reps. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) and Susan Brooks (R-Ind.) to focus on best practices for school safety and investments to help schools meet their unique safety needs. Wednesday’s launch event was hosted by the Security Industry Association (SIA).
At the event, a discussion panel moderated by Tim Eckersley, SIA board member and Allegion senior vice president and president of the Americas, focused on “Challenges and Opportunities to Protect and Ensure Safety for America’s Schools.”
School safety experts Dr. Erroll G. Southers of the University of Southern California; Dr. Paula Maurer of Southwestern Consolidated School Corporation, Indiana; and Robin Lambert of the Rural School and Community Trust shared noteworthy insights. Among them, were the facts that schools are now recognized globally as soft targets, and both funding and the lack of national school safety standards remain roadblocks for protecting American schools.
“I’m very pleased with the conversation facilitated by the Congressional School Safety Caucus earlier this week,” said Robert Boyd, executive director of the Alliance. “Local schools should not be burdened with the cost of mitigating the threats of the unpredictable world in which we live. The Alliance is working to advocate for direct funding to improve K-12 security infrastructure. I commend Reps. Larsen and Brooks for their leadership in the caucus as well as work to revive grants through the School Safety Act.”
To get involved in the Alliance’s school safety efforts, visit www.secureschoolsalliance or contact Boyd at firstname.lastname@example.org.