ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- A new federal report misses a high-profile opportunity to
Numerous LFA members have provided recommendations to the commission to inform federal agencies of what needs to be done to focus on prevention and provide the resources for schools to implement those critical steps of having the personnel and training to make a difference. The recommendation to drop guidance on school discipline is a distraction from the core mission of this panel, as is the panel's unneeded suggestion that teachers be trained and armed.
"The federal commission should have put forth a more comprehensive effort that supports schools in their attempts to prevent violence and address the mental health needs of their students and staff," said Nathan R. Monell, CAE, executive director of the National PTA and 2018-19 chair of the Learning First Alliance. "We are hopeful that the federal agencies will go further than issuing a report that will not only recommend best practices, which well-resourced districts can adopt and implement quickly, but also dedicate federal funds to ensure underserved districts get the support they need."
The Commission on School Safety report has limited utility for school leaders, its purported audience, if school districts lack resources to fulfill its best practices and recommendations. For instance, communities that lack school and community-based mental health providers would not be able to use recommendations to improve mental health for children, or if a district lacks funds it cannot install physical impediments to school shootings, such as blast- or bullet-resistant glass windows.
"The members of LFA share the Secretary and commission's commitment to enhancing school safety and students' well-being, but leadership is more than just telling schools what to do," said Richard M. Long, LFA executive director. "This is a complex problem, and LFA organizations have examples of what works and need the Congress and the Administration to provide resources and assistance to help meet each school communities' individual needs."
LFA member organizations will continue to share resources and offer school safety recommendations to the panel based on their members' firsthand experiences in schools.
About the Learning First Alliance
The Learning First Alliance is a partnership of leading education organizations with more than 10 million members dedicated to improving student learning in America's public schools. Alliance members include: American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education; AASA: The School Superintendents Association; American Federation of Teachers; American School Counselor Association; Consortium for School Networking; Learning Forward; National Association of Elementary School Principals; National Association of Secondary School Principals; National Education Association; National PTA; National School Boards Association and National School Public Relations Association.
To learn more about LFA, visit http://www.learningfirst.org/.
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