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HB24-1320

Educator Safety Task Force

Concerning creating a task force to study school staff safety issues.
Session:
2024 Regular Session
Subject:
Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Bill Summary

The bill creates the educator safety task force (task force) within the office of school safety (office) in the department of public safety (department).

The task force consists of the director of the office, teachers, education support professionals, a school support professional, school administrators, a representative of an organization representing students and families from disproportionately impacted communities, a representative of a statewide organization that represents students with disabilities, an individual who works for a nonprofit that focuses on school safety, and a restorative justice professional.

The task force shall meet at least 4 times in 2024 and at least 3 times in 2025 and may hold meetings with remote participation.

On or before June 30, 2025, the bill requires the task force to review, investigate, and make recommendations to the education committees of the house of representatives and the senate, the governor, the state board, the commissioner of education, and the department concerning:

  • Any issue relating to the safety and well-being of public school staff, including laws or regulations that affect the safety and well-being of public school staff;
  • The effects of the declining number of special education professionals on student behaviors, as well as the impact of widespread staff shortages and the effects of class size and caseloads on disruptive learning environments;
  • Incidents of aggressive student behaviors toward educators to inform solutions;
  • The work and recommendations of existing education task forces;
  • The impact of insufficient funding and the lack of wraparound services on disruptive learning environments; and
  • The role resource inequality may play in staff safety issues.

The task force shall make recommendations for administrative and statutory changes that are necessary to facilitate school staff safety solutions.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status

Introduced
Under Consideration

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Sponsors

Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Rep. M. Lukens, Rep. E. Velasco
Sen. J. Marchman, Sen. K. Mullica

Sponsor

Co-sponsor

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The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details