March 13, 2018

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AASA Weighs in on STOP School Violence Act

AASA is deeply disappointed that we once again find ourselves, our nation, our schools, our students and our communities responding to yet another school shooting and recurring concerns about student safety while at school. We applaud Congress’ efforts to address the important issue of school and student safety, and today sent a letter to offices on Capitol Hill about an important bill that will be voted on tomorrow in the House of Representatives: The Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018. This legislation is designed to fund school security improvements and invest in early intervention and prevention programs to stop school violence before it happens. 

We are pleased to see both the Senate and the House come together in a bipartisan manner to address this important topic and we urge Congress to continue to work together on this important legislation, which must be the first and not only, to address the physical safety of our students while in schools. However, we have several concerns with the STOP School Violence Act as written and hope that both chambers make changes to the text needed to garner AASA's support. You can read our letter here


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