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President Donald Trump formed a federal commission on school safety this year to identify meaningful policy recommendations to prevent school violence. Led by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, the commission is studying a range of topics, including: facility security, mental health services, coordination of law enforcement, threat assessment and school-based violence prevention strategies, positive behavior interventions, and the possible influence of video games.

DeVos is hosting a series of listening sessions, site visits and roundtable conversations across the country. In June they met in Lexington, Ky, where Senators Max Wise and Danny Carroll shared valuable testimony on state efforts there to prevent school violence. Carroll spoke from experience. A school shooting in his district killed two students and injured 18 others. Both men are on the Kentucky School Safety Work Group that Wise co-chairs.

"Many state legislators are deliberating on this very topic right now, formulating policy and plans unique to their situation. We know there is no one-size-fits-all approach," says DeVos. The commission will release a final report by the end of the year.

The commission and other federal, state and local leaders are tracking nearly 350 state bills and resolutions through NCSL's School Safety Bill Tracker. To learn more about this database, visit

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Title Annotation:school safety
Author:Wodiska, Joan
Publication:State Legislatures
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 1, 2018
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