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house Bill H.R. 607

Should the Feds Report on the Number & Status of School Resource Officers in Public Schools?

Argument in favor

Congress should get a sense of public schools’ usage of school resource officers as it develops solutions for improving school safety. ‘Hardening targets’ such as schools, using local law enforcement and resources can better protect our institutions from those wishing to do harm.

John's Opinion
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04/18/2019
When I was a kid we never had people with guns in school we never had to worry about it and I have to ask myself why? I mean really why? I bet you most of the people would think back and they never had anything like that in their schools. But today it’s common place. Could it have anything to do with the number of guns has grown precipitously, and the number of guns have grown in a very small number of the population. Really just a small percentage point. So what’s happening is that small percentage point of people are killing everybody else. When you simplify it that’s exactly what’s happening. So you have to wonder about the moral standards of people that don’t support any kind of gun control. What’s up with that? We have a president that will do anything to get elected he will support anything that the far right wants, I have a question for the women on the far right who voted for him. Would you let your daughter get in the elevator alone with a man who just finished saying he could grab any woman by the pussy he wanted because he’s famous and then on the heels of that saying hey it’s OK to call my daughter piece ass. Really would you let that little girl get in the elevator and ride with that me and all alone. Well if you voted for Donald Trump you’re pretty much done that. And that’s part of the problem and that’s why we are where we are today.
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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04/18/2019
House Bill H.R. 607 AKA the “School Resource Officer Assessment Act” I’m in support of the “HIGGINS” (R) House Bill H.R. 607 AKA “School Resource Officer Assessment Act of 2019,” which would direct the U.S. Attorney General and Secretary of Education to gather data about the number and status (full- or part-time) of school resource officers (SROs) assigned to each public elementary and secondary school. Congress should get a sense of public schools’ usage of school resource officers as it develops solutions for improving school safety. ‘Hardening targets’ such as schools, using local law enforcement and resources can better protect our institutions from those wishing to do harm. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻HR-607👍🏻👍🏻. 4*18*19.....
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B.R.'s Opinion
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04/18/2019
I would have thought that this information would be available.
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Argument opposed

Congress shouldn’t be compiling data on the prevalence of school resource officers as the militarization of schools is bad for education, and will do little to further secure schools and other potential targets from those wishing to commit acts of violence.

Mark's Opinion
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04/18/2019
These are state and local issues. The feds have a number of other things to focus on. Get busy.
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Kodiwodi's Opinion
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04/18/2019
How about the AG and DeVos stay out of this and they try passing a reasonable budget that doesn’t discriminate against children of color, the poor and the disabled. It might be a nice change from the usual antics.
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Lynn's Opinion
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04/18/2019
Again why do we need the federal government involved in everything?
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      house Committees
      Committee on Education and Labor
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedJanuary 16th, 2019

What is House Bill H.R. 607?

This bill, known as the “School Resource Officer Assessment Act of 2019,” would direct the U.S. Attorney General and Secretary of Education to gather data about the number and status (full- or part-time) of school resource officers (SROs) assigned to each public elementary and secondary school.

Impact

Local law enforcement; students; the Attorney General; and the Dept. of Education.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 607

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA) reintroduced this bill from the 115th Congress to examine school safety standards:

“American schools are soft targets, and as a nation, we must change that. Airlines used to be soft targets, they’re certainly not anymore. Right now, there is no comprehensive data regarding the deployment of school safety assets in schools across our nation. We must ensure that our public schools have the necessary resources and a sufficient number of well-trained cops to protect our kids and teachers. These bills identify where assets are needed and establish enhanced training standards that will keep our schools safe."

Rep. Higgens added that this is a "common-sense" data-gathering bill that'll help federal and local jurisdictions "more effectively direct resources." He said

"The first step in promoting school safety should be to evaluate what assets are on the ground and identify where additional resources are needed."

Last Congress, Rep. Higgins introduced this bill along with the School Watch and Training (SWAT) Act, which sought to set federal standards for SROS' tactical training:

“School resource officers by and large have a particular ability to communicate with kids, they have a great deal of patience, they know how to help young American make it through the difficult times of the teenage years.”

This bill has one cosponsor, Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), in the current Congress. Last Congress, it passed the House on a voice vote with the support of 10 bipartisan cosponsors, including nine Republicans and one Democrat. 


Of Note: In order to curb violence in America’s schools, communities have employed increased security in the form of police, or “Community Resource Officers.” In most cases, these officers act as armed guards in order to “harden” schools from violence by serving as a deterrent and first line of defense.


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Summary by Lucas McConnell

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AKA

School Resource Officer Assessment Act of 2019

Official Title

To require the Attorney General and the Secretary of Education to conduct a survey of all public schools to determine the number of school resource officers at such schools.

    When I was a kid we never had people with guns in school we never had to worry about it and I have to ask myself why? I mean really why? I bet you most of the people would think back and they never had anything like that in their schools. But today it’s common place. Could it have anything to do with the number of guns has grown precipitously, and the number of guns have grown in a very small number of the population. Really just a small percentage point. So what’s happening is that small percentage point of people are killing everybody else. When you simplify it that’s exactly what’s happening. So you have to wonder about the moral standards of people that don’t support any kind of gun control. What’s up with that? We have a president that will do anything to get elected he will support anything that the far right wants, I have a question for the women on the far right who voted for him. Would you let your daughter get in the elevator alone with a man who just finished saying he could grab any woman by the pussy he wanted because he’s famous and then on the heels of that saying hey it’s OK to call my daughter piece ass. Really would you let that little girl get in the elevator and ride with that me and all alone. Well if you voted for Donald Trump you’re pretty much done that. And that’s part of the problem and that’s why we are where we are today.
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    These are state and local issues. The feds have a number of other things to focus on. Get busy.
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    How about the AG and DeVos stay out of this and they try passing a reasonable budget that doesn’t discriminate against children of color, the poor and the disabled. It might be a nice change from the usual antics.
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    Again why do we need the federal government involved in everything?
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    How about reasonable gun safety laws like universal background checks for weapons and ammunition purchases, barring sales to people deemed dangerous by mental health provider, convicted stalkers, and violent criminals, 3 day waiting period, gun license requirements, safety training requirements, secure storage requirements, lost or stolen weapon reporting, a centralized record of gun sales, and fingerprinting gun owners? All of these measures have the approval of more that 75% of Americans nor unduly hinder acquisition. Responsible gun safety is really easy. Just stop listening to the NRA.
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    How about we actually pass some reasonable gun control to keep our children safe and invest more in mental health services! We don’t need more police in our schools!
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    Not a responsibility of the federal government at all.
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    Leave it to the States.
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    I thought that our Representatives would be contacting state educators within their state on issues like this. I don’t see why it would have to be given the Congress.
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    Abolish the department of education. Let the states run their own schools.
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    Feds don’t need their fingers in everything, we aren’t Socialist yet. Our state leaders need something to do to earn their salary so let’s make them earn their keep
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    Redundant. Schools already report the information to the district, and districts report it to the state. Fund mental health workers. Create student meal plans to keep kids fed during the summer. Do something real.
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    No guns in schools!!!
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    House Bill H.R. 607 AKA the “School Resource Officer Assessment Act” I’m in support of the “HIGGINS” (R) House Bill H.R. 607 AKA “School Resource Officer Assessment Act of 2019,” which would direct the U.S. Attorney General and Secretary of Education to gather data about the number and status (full- or part-time) of school resource officers (SROs) assigned to each public elementary and secondary school. Congress should get a sense of public schools’ usage of school resource officers as it develops solutions for improving school safety. ‘Hardening targets’ such as schools, using local law enforcement and resources can better protect our institutions from those wishing to do harm. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻HR-607👍🏻👍🏻. 4*18*19.....
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    Local issue
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    Two words. Common Core. Just one example of a failed, costly Federal bureaucracy. Schools are the responsibility of local government.
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    Doesn’t seem like there is a goal or Purpose other than causing more work for school districts.
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    No need. Schools report that kind of thing already. It’s a state responsibility not the Feds.
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    This is not a federal issue. Leave it to the states and the local communities.
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    What a stupid waste of time. I think this may require a phone call and not a freaking bill. I guess congress doesn’t have enough to keep it occupied than to generate BS legislation that has no use. Up tomorrow they will be trying to get some square pegs in some round holes.
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