Grothman Introduces Student and Teacher Safety Act
Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-Glenbeulah) today introduced the Student and Teacher Safety Act. This bill would allow schools more flexibility with existing federal funds to make physical safety improvements to campus facilities, support local education programs aimed at improving school safety and security and assist in coordination between schools and local law enforcement to identify threats.
“Students and teachers have the right to feel safe in school. But, we still have work to do in preparing schools to properly identify and respond to violent individuals.” Said Grothman. “The Student and Teacher Safety Act will make it possible for our local schools to better secure their campus and allow them to bolster security measures as well as coordinate with local law enforcement in ways that will fit their unique needs. I believe that the people who know what is best for schools are the students, parents and teachers in the local community. So, if federal dollars are already being given to schools, they should be able to use that money to protect our children. Our children depend on us to provide them a safe and secure environment to learn. That’s the driving force behind this bill because it is our duty to protect the most vulnerable among us.”
The Student and Teacher Safety Act would allow states and local educational agencies to use existing federal grant money to make a number of physical safety improvements to school campus facilities, such as the installment of emergency communications systems and improved surveillance systems. In addition to physical improvements to school campuses, the bill also allows states to support local educational agencies in providing programs and activities that improve the safety and security of schools, including better coordination with law enforcement.
School improvements can include:
Additionally, states can use funds to:
U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman is serving his third term representing Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.