Federal Commission on School Safety
Federal Commission on School Safety
"Every child deserves to grow up in a safe community surrounded by a loving family and to have a future filled with opportunity and with hope."
In March 2018, President Donald J. Trump appointed U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to lead the Federal Commission on School Safety. The Commission has been charged with quickly providing meaningful and actionable recommendations to keep students safe at school. These recommendations will include a range of issues, like social emotional support, recommendation on effective school safety infrastructure, discussion on minimum age for firearms purchases, and the impact that videogames and the media have on violence.
There is not one plan that fits all schools across the country, so the Commission will be focusing on all variations of school size, structure, and geographic locations with their final recommendations. Input from Commission meetings, listening sessions and field visits will all be considered. Meetings and correspondence with students, parents, teachers, school safety personnel, administrators, law enforcement officials, mental health professionals, school counselors, security professionals and other related stakeholders will be critical to the Commission's work as well.
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Over the next few months, the Commission will host formal commission meetings, field visits and listening sessions. The formal meetings will include Commission members Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, as well as subject matter experts. During field visits, select members of the Commission will travel to schools throughout the country to observe and learn about best practices in school safety; and listening sessions will provide an opportunity for the public to give input on ways to make schools safer.
Chair, Betsy DeVos
Secretary DeVos has been involved in education policy for nearly three decades as an advocate for children and a voice for parents. She is especially passionate about reforms that help underserved children gain access to a safe, quality education.
Matthew George Whitaker
Matthew Whitaker is the Acting Attorney General of the United States. Before his current appointment, he served as Chief of Staff and Senior Counselor to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and as a managing partner at Whitaker Hagenow & Gustoff, LLP in Des Moines, Iowa. He has also served as a Law and Politics Contributor on CNN and as the Executive Director of the Foundation for Accountability & Civic Trust (FACT) in Washington, D.C. a non-profit, non-partisan ethics organization dedicated to maintaining government trust and transparency. From 2004 to 2009, Acting Attorney General Whitaker served as United States Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa.
From 2001 to 2007, Azar served at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – first as its General Counsel (2001–2005) and then as Deputy Secretary. During his time as Deputy Secretary, Azar was involved in improving the department’s operations; advancing its emergency preparedness and response capabilities as well as its global health affairs activities; and helping oversee the rollout of the Medicare Part D prescription drug program.
Kirstjen M. Nielsen
Links to Information on Other Federal Sites
- Department of Health and Human Services
- Department of Homeland Security
- Department of Justice
- Secret Service
- Federal Reports on Incidents
- State Reports on Incidents
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