“We must do everything in our power to protect our children.”
Senate Education Committee Chair Dick Brewbaker (R-Montgomery)
MONTGOMERY – Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R – Auburn) on Thursday announced a joint hearing of the House and Senate Education policy committees has been scheduled that will focus on the topic of “School Security and Student and Teacher Safety. “ The hearing comes in the wake of the last week’s tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 elementary school students and seven adults lost their lives.
The January 9th meeting will be open to the public and will feature presentations by State Superintendent Tommy Bice and representatives from the Department of Homeland Security, the Alabama District Attorney’s Association, the Alabama Sheriff’s Association and other stakeholder groups.
Hubbard said providing reassurance to parents, students, teachers and education support personnel should be a top priority at this time, and he hopes the hearing will help reveal security practices that are working in various systems and can be implemented statewide.
“There is nothing more important than the security of our children and teachers in an environment where they should feel the most safe – our schools,” House Speaker Mike Hubbard said. “Our goal is to complete a comprehensive review of the issue and learn what we can do as a legislature to ensure public schools across Alabama are as safe, secure and protected as possible.”
“We must do everything in our power to protect our children,” Senate Education Committee Chair Dick Brewbaker (R – Montgomery) said. “As someone who has been active in public education policy issues for almost 20 years I look forward to hearing the reports and recommendations from each group and helping to determine the best way forward.”
House Education Policy Committee Chair Mary Sue McClurkin (R – Indian Springs), a former schoolteacher who will co-chair the hearing with Brewbaker, highlighted the preventative purpose of the hearing.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the parents, students, staff and community of Newtown,” McClurkin said. “We will continue to do everything we can to ensure a similar incident doesn’t happen here, in Alabama.”
The exact time and location of the hearing will be announced prior to its convening so that the public and interested parties may attend.