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 was charged with providing meaningful and actionable recommendations to keep students safe at school. On December 18, 2018, the Commissioners presented their final report to the President. The report offers a holistic approach to improving school safety, ranging from supporting the social and emotional well-being of students to enhancing physical building security.
Acknowledging there can be no one-size-fits-all solution to this complex problem, the final report serves as a resource guide for families, educators, law enforcement officers, health professionals, and elected leaders to use as they consider the best ways to prevent, mitigate, and recover from acts of violence.
To view the Final Report of the Federal Commission on School Safety, click here.
In the months following the President's establishment of the Federal Commission on School Safety, the Commission hosted formal commission meetings, field visits, and listening sessions. The formal meetings included 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, members of the Commission travelled to schools throughout the country to observe and learn about best practices in school safety; and listening sessions provided 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
- Federal Reports on Incidents
- "Final Report of the Federal Commission on School Safety" [PDF, 7.1MB]
- "Prior Knowledge of Potential School Based Violence" [PDF, 1.4MB]
- "Final Report and Findings of the Safe School Initiative" [PDF, 569KB]
- "Report to the President: On issues Raised by the Virginia Tech Tragedy" [PDF, 445KB]
- "Now is the Time"- The White House, January 2013 [PDF, 197KB]
- State Reports on Incidents
Links to Information on Other Federal Sites
- Department of Health and Human Services
- Department of Homeland Security
- Department of Justice
- Secret Service
- Call for Yearly Review of Emergency Operations Plans [PDF, 324KB]
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