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Indiana's Top Education Official On School Safety: "We Have a Ways to Go"

She said the state is doing some things well, but there's much to improve.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Although he's not ready to give specifics yet, Governor Eric Holcomb says he will release his recommendations on school safety in the next two weeks. 

The state's top education official was recently asked if she thinks the state is doing enough right now to keep schools safe. 

"No, I mean, we have a ways to go. We're doing some very basic things, and we're doing some things well. Our school safety academy is one of the best in the nation. But, we have some room to grow. We need to have some hard conversations from fiscal resources to districts to policy," said Jennifer McCormick, Superintendent of Public Instruction. 

McCormick is providing input to the governor on the forthcoming recommendations.

"We want every school to have the same mandates and requirements, not just traditional public schools, but charters and non-pubs, so that we can assure parents there are safety measures that are put into place," said McCormick.

Districts are required to develop a safety and emergency preparedness plan and provide a copy to the state.

The state offers guidance to schools, runs drills, and requires districts to designate school safety specialists. 

 

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