Making schools safer for Illinois children is the aim of freshmen State Sen. Neil Anderson (Rock Island), whose first bill will create the Illinois School Security and Standards Task Force.
“As a father, I worry about the reports of violence in our schools we hear all too often in the media. It’s important to me that our children are safe in the classroom,” said Anderson. “The Illinois School Security and Standards Task Force will bring together parents, school administrators, local law enforcement officers and firefighters to recommend new security standards and ensure they are consistent for schools throughout the state.”
Senate Bill 1340 creates the School Security and Standards Task Force to study the current security conditions, make recommendations and draft minimum standards for schools to provide a safer learning environment for students. The Task Force is to submit its report to the General Assembly and the Governor.
The Task Force brings together individuals who have knowledge, experience, and expertise in the security field or who have worked within school systems. Appointed members will include parents, law enforcement officials, firefighters, security professionals, teachers and school administrators.
The Task Force was previously proposed by State Sen. Tim Bivins (R-Dixon) but its work was not able to be completed because then-Governor Pat Quinn failed to make appointments in a timely manner. Anderson’s legislation would give the Task Force another chance to make Illinois students safe.