School Safety Bills Head to Senate Vote

May 21, 2013

The full State Senate is scheduled to vote Tuesday on several bills filed in the aftermath of deadly shootings at Connecticut’s Sandyhook Elementary School.

The bills would require schools to craft safety procedures in conjunction with local law enforcement and have their plans reviewed annually by the state.

A third bill would keep the details of school safety plans out of the public record. The measure has drawn the ire of open government advocates like the American Civil Liberties Union. The group’s Rhode Island director, Steve Brown, says shrouding safety plans in secrecy keeps parents out of the discussion.

Supporters of the bill argue that parents can still give input on school safety, however they would not have access to details of the final plan. Advocates insist the goal of the legislation is to keep key information away from anyone who might use it to harm students and teachers.