Congressman John Kline, Chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce Committee, today led a hearing entitled "Protecting Students and Teachers: A Discussion on School Safety." Kline and other committee members examined ways school leaders and local officials can help students feel more secure in the classroom.
"Two months have passed since the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. Families across America continue to grieve with the Newtown community. The sorrow we felt on that day remains fresh in our minds and hearts," said Kline. "The purpose of today's hearing is not to assign blame. This isn't about us. It isn't about a press release or a bill introduction or a media opportunity. This is about students. Teachers. Families. Communities. This hearing is about learning what goes into protecting our schools and preventing violence. This is about ways we can work together to help students feel safe."
During the hearing, school leaders stressed the importance of building strong relationships between students, teachers, principals, community leaders, and local safety officials. Members also heard from school security experts. To read witness testimony, opening statements, or watch an archived webcast of today's hearing, visit www.edworkforce.house.gov/hearings.