School Safety: Overview and Legislative Tracking

Emily Ronco 5/31/2022

The recent killing of 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, as well as a nationwide increase in violent incidents at schools, continue to bring attention to school safety challenges. State lawmakers are tasked with considering how to prevent, mitigate, and respond to acts of school violence.

Several states have considered legislation regarding who can and cannot carry firearms on school grounds. In some states, this may include school employees. Others have considered legislation related to staffing school safety officers, requiring or providing funding for emergency drills and school safety plans, structural or technology-related safety measures funding, and expanding mental health services to students and employees in schools.

Click on the graphic below to see a full, interactive database on school safety legislation since 2018.

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