State Senator Neil Anderson (Rock Island) has been appointed to serve on the School Security and Standards Task Force.
“As a father, I understand that there is nothing more important than the health and safety of our kids,” said Anderson. “I was proud to sponsor the legislation that gave the Task Force the time it needs to complete its work, and I’m happy to have been given the opportunity to serve on it. Together we can be sure that security standards are sufficient and consistent for schools throughout the state.”
Senate Bill 1340 (Public Act 99-0065), sponsored by Anderson this spring, extended the School Security and Standards Task Force. The Task Force has been given the job of studying current safety and security conditions in Illinois schools in order to make recommendations and draft minimum standards for schools to provide a safer learning environment for students.
The Task Force is made up of legislators, like Anderson, as well as representatives from the education community, law enforcement officers, firefighters and security professionals. Members serve without compensation and are not reimbursed for travel expenses.
A report must be submitted by the Task Force to the State Board of Education by July 1, 2016. Recommendations are likely to include proposals for specific statutory changes and methods to foster cooperation among state agencies and between the state and local government.
The Task Force was previously proposed by State Sen. Tim Bivins (Dixon), but its work was not able to be completed because then-Governor Pat Quinn failed to make appointments in a timely manner. Thanks to the law sponsored by Anderson, the task force has the opportunity to complete its vital work.