PA educators come together on school safety

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What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, February 28, 2018:

The debate over arming teachers has increased in intensity in the wake of the February 14th Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that took the lives of 17 students and teachers. President Trump stated that arming teachers would be a big deterrent to future attacks, but few educators agree.

Teachers and administrators in Pennsylvania are weighing in on school safety and agree that it is time to add their voices to the national debate. Many say the events in Florida feel like a “tipping point” in efforts to prevent school violence.

Organizations representing school boards, teachers, principals and administrators are among the professionals who publicly oppose arming teachers in the classroom.  So what can be done to stop school shootings and make students safer?  In Pennsylvania, those organizations are meeting and collaborating their efforts to find solutions to potential dangers in schools.

Wednesday’s Smart Talk brings four of them together.  Joining us to talk about school safety are John Callahan, Chief Advocacy Officer with the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, Mark D. DiRocco, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, Paul M. Healey is Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Principals Association, and Dolores McCracken, President of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, the state’s largest teachers’ union.

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John Callahan, Pennsylvania School Boards Association, Dolores McCracken, Pennsylvania State Education Association, Mark D. DiRocco, Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, Paul Healey, Pennsylvania Principals Association