Reps. Deutch, Williams Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Safeguard our Schools
Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) and Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25) introduced the Safer Schools Act to establish a new grant program that funds vulnerability assessments and physical security improvements to improve the safety of students and teachers in the classroom.
"Students and teachers should never have to fear for their safety in the classroom, yet we know that schools across the country are struggling to respond to gaps in their security plans,” said Congressman Deutch. “This bipartisan bill will help schools access risk assessments to identify and fix any vulnerabilities in their security protocols. A key component of this legislation, named Alyssa’s Law in remembrance of Alyssa Alhadeff who was killed in the Stoneman Douglas tragedy, will help more schools adopt alarm systems that directly alert law enforcement, which can improve emergency response times and save lives."
“While I pray for the day that no child or teacher ever feels unsafe in the classroom, we must take immediate action now to protect our schools,” said Congressman Williams. “In the Safer Schools Act, public school districts can apply for funding directly from the Department of Justice to pay for assessments on their campus security vulnerabilities, and for any corrective physical improvements. Funding should not be an obstacle for administrators who want to proactively address their physical security concerns, and early action could be the difference between life and death in an emergency situation. Congress must assume the tremendous responsibility to keep our students and educators safe in the classroom, and I urge consideration of Safer Schools Act on the floor of the House of Representatives as soon as possible.”
“The Safer Schools Act of 2021, with the provision to expand Alyssa’s Law nationwide, is the most viable and realistic proposal to address the prevalent gaps in both school safety and security. Alyssa’s Law, named after my 14 year old daughter who was shot 10 times at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on 2/14/18, calls for the installation of silent panic buttons, allowing a direct link to law enforcement in order to improve emergency response time and save lives. No parent should have to fear losing a child in school, as I did Alyssa in 2018.” - Lori Alhadeff, President of Make Our Schools Safe
“Stand with Parkland is proud to support the Safer Schools Act. We think this is an important piece of a layered approach to school safety. The safety of our students and teachers at school is a bipartisan issue; it affects all of us. We applaud Congressman Deutch and Congressman Williams for coming together in a bipartisan manner to support this bill.” - Tony Montalto, President of Stand with Parkland
"The Safer Schools Act of 2021 will provide the resources for schools to analyze their vulnerabilities and fix them in order to prevent and protect their campus. If it had been in place prior to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Massacre, I feel my little boy Alex and the 16 other innocent victims of the Parkland school shooting would still be alive today. Thank you Congressman Williams and Deutch for prioritizing the safety and security of our children and teachers.” - Max Schachter, Founder & CEO of Safe Schools For Alex
“The safety of our children is paramount. The Safer School act would help protect them from those that would do them harm.” – Kevin Lawerence, Executive Director of Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA)
“I thank Congressmen Williams and Deutch for their continued leadership on this legislation and encourage the House to quickly pass this bill. We appreciate the Congressmen’s commitment to keeping the children, teachers and school staff members in our communities safe.” - Mark C. Williams, Board Chairman & Partner of Alliance for Safer Schools
“Expanding the support and funding for both threat assessments and physical security represents and supports the primary focus areas of the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools. This bill will create a new resource for our partners, who work in the education sector, to assist in enhancing a the safety and security of learning environments across the nation. The Partner Alliance for Safer Schools appreciates Congressmen Williams and Deutch for their leadership in introducing this legislation.” - Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS)