Friday, November 6, 2015

ISBE School Security Task Force
announces public hearings

An Illinois State Board of Education task force on school security is seeking public feedback to guide school security standards.

According to a November 4 press release, ISBE's School Security and Standards Task Force is asking community members to share input on school safety issues during a series of public hearings. This feedback will help guide its recommendations to the General Assembly, the Governor, and ISBE.

Public Act 98-695 created the task force within ISBE to research school security in the state and to draft minimum standards for schools to use to provide a safer learning environment for the children of Illinois. By law, the task force must “receive reports and testimony from individuals, school district superintendents, principals, teachers, security experts, architects, engineers, and the law enforcement community.”

The task force has a deadline of January 1, 2016, to submit recommendations for changes to the current law to the General Assembly and the Governor. The task force must submit recommendations for model security plan policies to ISBE by July 1, 2016.

For more information about the task force, visit www.isbe.net/SSSTF/default.htm.

The public hearings will take place at the following times and locations:
  • November 10, 6 p.m. in Lisle – Universal Technical Institute, 2611 Corporate West Drive
  • November 12, 6 p.m. in Springfield – Illinois Association of School Boards office, 2921 Baker Drive 
  • December 2, 6 p.m. in  Carterville – John A. Logan College, Building H, Room 127
Those who are unable to attend the hearings may send their thoughts and recommendations to schoolsafety@isbe.net.