Wolf sets up task force in effort to improve school safety

The Associated Press

HARRISBURG – The Wolf administration is asking for public input to help a new task force that the governor and auditor general are heading up to explore ways to make Pennsylvania schools safer and more secure.

In this Feb. 28, 2018 photo, Somerville High School junior Megan Barnes marches with others during a student walkout at the school in Somerville, Mass. A large-scale, coordinated demonstration is planned for Wednesday, March 14, when organizers have called for a 17-minute school walkout nationwide to protest gun violence. (Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via AP)

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday announced he and Democratic Auditor General Eugene DePasquale will co-chair the School Safety Task Force.

They plan to collect concerns about safety and ideas about policy changes; see if additional funding will help; and measure the effectiveness of student support, physical and mental health programs and information sharing.

They’ll also review state requirements for “active shooter” drills and other security measures and determine if there are better ways people can report suspicious activities.

The group plans to hold regional meetings across the state and issue a report to Wolf.

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