Following the recent shooting at Noblesville West Middle School, U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly urged Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to engage stakeholders in efforts to improve school safety. In a letter to Secretary DeVos, Donnelly relayed concerns from Indiana State Superintendent Dr. Jennifer McCormick, school resource officers in Indiana, and Hoosier students, parents, and teachers. These concerns include a critical need for social and emotional support programs that help address students’ mental and behavioral health needs, and the necessity to better identify children prone to violence. Earlier this year, Donnelly supported legislation that will provide grants to school systems for increased safety measures, which was included in the bipartisan budget bill that was signed into law. Donnelly also urged the Senate Appropriations Committee to support increased funding for Title IV Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which schools can use for counseling services, mental health, and school safety measures.
July 5th, 2018|Local News|