In the wake of recent tragedies, the Trump Administration has created the Federal Commission on School Safety, which aims to make our nation’s public schools less susceptible to violent crimes. While NCLD is encouraged by the creation of this Commission and the important work they’ve set out to do, we are concerned about the lack of transparency and inclusion of diverse voices in these critical conversations about school safety.
Research proves that students with disabilities are disproportionately impacted by issues like mental health and discipline. Therefore, their needs must be included in discussions about how we cultivate safer learning environments for all students. For these reasons, in April, NCLD sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos asking for the opportunity to meet with the Commission to discuss how we can leverage evidence-based solutions such as using multi-tier system of support (MTSS), and invest in proactive services, like comprehensive mental health and counseling for students, to bolster school safety across the country.
You can read our letter to Secretary DeVos here, and our Issue Brief here.
NCLD stands ready to work with the Commission to develop policies that keep all children and schools safe.
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