Minnesota Congressman John Kline, the chairman of the Education and the Workforce Committee, announced a full committee hearing to discuss school safety issues in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. The hearing, entitled "Protecting Students and Teachers: A Discussion on School Safety," will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 27.
"The events that took place two months ago in Newtown shocked the nation, and we continue to grieve for the innocent lives lost on that horrible day," said Kline. "We have a responsibility to examine what is and is not working when it comes to school safety. The upcoming hearing will provide an opportunity to discuss ways states and school districts are working to prevent violence in our classrooms. I look forward to a robust conversation with my colleagues on these important matters."
A central focus of the hearing is expected to be how schools prepare and recover from threats of violence. Members will discuss faculty and student training practices, local school security needs, crisis reaction protocol, and effective post-incident recovery services. To learn more about this hearing, visit www.edworkforce.house.gov/hearings.