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NJSBA Testifies in Support of School Security Task Force

TRENTON, February 13, 2013—The following is NJSBA’s position statement on A-3583 (Wilson) and A-1613 (Bramnick/Johnson), legislation that would create a school security task force.

NJSBA testified on Feb. 13 before the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee. The committee advanced the two bills, which contained only minor differences:  A-3583 would establish a School Security Task Force to issue a report within six months, and A-1613 would establish an Educational Security Task Force that would issue a report within two years.  The New Jersey School Boards Association would be a member of either task force within a 15 member committee

NJSBA Testimony, A-3583/A-1613

Feb. 13, 2013

Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee

The New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA), a federation of 586 local boards of education and 68 charter school associate members, provides training, advocacy and support to advance public education and promote the achievement of all students through effective governance.

NJSBA strongly supports the formation of an educational security task force, and we are proud to be included as one of the 15 voting members along with other education associations.  Seeking effective strategies and incorporating best practices pertaining to school security is a priority not only in New Jersey but throughout the entire country.

NJSBA recently held a statewide forum on school security and school climate at The College of New Jersey.  Approximately 650 educators, law enforcement officials and parents attended this event.  Our association is also establishing a school safety task force.  Our president is in the process of appointing a committee of local school officials to study school safety and security issues.  The task force is expected to conduct its initial meeting by the first week of March and continue its activities through early June.

The NJSBA School Security task force will perform the following functions:

  1. Survey school districts on their security practices and consult with experts in law enforcement, security, school climate, and other fields.
  2. Review current developments affecting the implementation and funding of school security measures.
  3. Identify best practices and changes in statute and regulation that would promote student safety and enable school boards to fund and implement security measures.
  4. Review relevant NJSBA policy and, if appropriate, recommend additions or changes to existing Association policy.

NJSBA hopes to share information obtained through its study with the legislature and the state’s Educational Security Task Force

The New Jersey School Boards Association is a federation of 581 local boards of education and includes 81 charter school associate members. NJSBA provides training, advocacy and support to advance public education and promote the achievement of all students through effective governance.