Barletta Joins Rubio in Calling to Enhance School Security Resources

Oct 5, 2018
Press Release
Improved coordination between federal agencies will help keep students safe

WASHINGTON – This week, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) joined Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and several other members of the House and Senate in sending a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, calling on the Federal Commission on School Safety to recognize the need for a centralized resource for schools to use when improving their security measures and safety protocols.

“As we work to make school safety a top priority, it’s critical that the government not only effectively coordinate the efforts of different federal agencies working to prevent acts of violence at schools, but also with state and local authorities,” Barletta said.  “Schools need to be able to implement security measures that work best for their students, and the federal government needs to provide the guidance and support for them to do so.  It is essential that we create a central source where best practices and resources can be coordinated and compiled for schools, educators, and law enforcement to improve school security.”

Specifically, the letter urges the Federal Commission on School Safety to recommend in its final report the creation of a centralized resource that can coordinate all federal efforts to keep children safe while in the classroom.  The letter states: “We urge you to include, as a recommendation in your final report, that a central clearing house be created and a central authority be identified.  School safety deserves the considerable resources of the federal government to work in unison to keep America’s children safe at school.  Schools, districts, and states that are working to keep schools safe need to see a unified effort by the federal government to support them."

To read the full text of the letter, click here.

Earlier this year, Barletta introduced the Protecting Our Kids Act (H.R. 5990), which would take action to improve the safety of America’s students by directing the Department of Education to coordinate with the Department of Homeland Security to establish security standards and guidelines for schools within 60 days of enactment.  To learn more about the Protecting Our Kids Act, click here.

In June, Barletta testified at a public listening session held by the Federal Commission on School Safety.  The session focused on gathering information from stakeholders, experts, and the public on how schools, districts, institutions of higher education, and other local and state government agencies can improve school safety.  To watch Barletta’s testimony, click here.