Readout of Commission Meeting on "Proactively Protecting Our Schools"

Readout of Commission Meeting on "Proactively Protecting Our Schools"

July 26, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions hosted the fourth meeting of the Federal Commission on School Safety (FCSS) held July 26, 2018, at the Executive Office Building's Indian Treaty Room in Washington. The session examined the topic, "Proactively Protecting Our Schools."


Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivers opening remarks at a meeting of the Federal Commission on School Safety. He's flanked by (l-r) Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivers opening remarks at a meeting of the Federal Commission on School Safety. He's flanked by (l-r) Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen.

Joining the Attorney General were commission Chair, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, and fellow members, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen.

"I'm grateful to the women and men of law enforcement who are with us today, as well as all those others that have dedicated their careers to working with our youth," Sessions said in opening remarks. "Through their decades of service, they have gained experience and expertise and judgment that is invaluable to any effort to reduce violence and crime in our schools."

The meeting included three panels:

Panel One Presentations: Improving School Safety through Information Sharing and Accountability

  • Francisco Negrón Jr., chief legal officer, National School Boards Association. (Testimony)
  • Judy Kidd, president, Classroom Teachers Association of North Carolina. (Testimony)

Panel 2 Presentations: The Value of School Resource Officers

  • Don Bridges, president, National Association of School Resource Officers; Franklin High School SRO. (Testimony)
  • Rudy Perez, vice president, Los Angeles School Police Association. (Testimony)
  • Don Hulin, principal, Hoover High School, Hoover, Alabama. (Testimony)

Panel 3 Presentations: Best Practices in School Safety

  • Mo Canady, executive director, National Association of School Resource Officers. (Testimony)
  • Vernon Keenan, director, Georgia Bureau of Investigation. (Testimony)
  • Clarence Cox III, president, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives; director-special projects, Office of the Chief for the Fulton County Police Department. (Testimony)

The meeting was livestreamed and is available for viewing here.