Readout of the Federal Commission on School Safety's Second Regional Public Listening Session

Readout of the Federal Commission on School Safety's Second Regional Public Listening Session

June 26, 2018

The Federal Commission on School Safety (FCSS) held a listening session on June 26, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky. This forum provided an opportunity for members of the public to speak to the Commission about their views on how schools, districts, institutions of higher education, and other local and state government agencies can improve school safety.

The Department of Education was represented by Deputy Secretary Mick Zais. The Department of Justice was represented by Assistant Attorney General Beth Williams. The Department of Homeland Security was represented by Deputy Undersecretary for National Protection Matt Travis. The Department of Health and Human Services was represented by Assistant Secretary Elinore McCance-Katz.

"Agencies represented here [have] come together and work immediately to conduct investigations, identify best practices, and make recommendations to states and local agencies on how to improve the safety of our students and our educators," Deputy Secretary Zais said in his opening remarks.

The Commission listening session consisted of two roundtable discussions and a public input session:

Roundtable 1 (Transcript):

  • Matt Bevin, Governor of Kentucky
  • Tonette Walker, First Lady of Wisconsin
  • Dr. Wayne Lewis, Jr., Interim Commissioner of Kentucky Department of Education
  • Dr. Candice McQueen, Tennessee Commissioner of Education
  • David Purkey, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security
  • Russell Coleman, U.S. Attorney, Western District of Kentucky
  • Kevin Byars, Sheriff of Marshall County, Kentucky
  • Marie Williams, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
  • Kelley Arnold, Director of Communications and Membership for the Council of State Governments

Roundtable 2 (Transcript):

  • Richard Sanders, Commissioner of Kentucky State Police
  • Rev. Milton Seymour, Chairman of the Kentucky Board of Education
  • Robert Duncan, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • Sergeant D.J. Schoeff, Second Vice President of the National Association of School Resource Officers, School Resource Officer in Carmel Indiana
  • Jamey Noel, Sheriff of Clark County, Indiana
  • Bryan Langley, Executive Director of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security
  • State Senator Max Wise, Chair of the Kentucky Senate Committee on Education, and Member of the School Safety Working Group
  • State Senator Danny Carroll, Member of Kentucky Senate Committee on Education, and Member of the School Safety Working Group
  • Allen F. Solomon, Sheriff of Auglaize County, Ohio

Public Input Session