Arizona’s School Safety Task Force releases plan to limit school violence

Nov 19, 2020, 12:00 PM
(AP Photo/Matt York)...
(AP Photo/Matt York)
(AP Photo/Matt York)

PHOENIX — More than one year after its creation, Arizona’s School Safety Task Force announced its model school safety plan and recommendations to help limit student violence in a final report Wednesday.

The group, created by Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman, wants to implement a confidential statewide tip line run by the Department of Education to report threats and prevent violent incidents at public and charter schools, among other proposals.

Other recommendations include repealing legislation prohibiting statewide collection of school disciplinary data and establishing a full-time position in the education department to vet and keep current a list of safety resources for schools.

State lawmakers will consider implementing these recommendations during the 2021 legislative session.

Student members of the task force also recommended that school leaders work to provide funds for mental health counselors and programs, create diverse curriculum and rethink negative reinforcement systems like detention.

“As an educator, I’ve consistently seen the value and importance of listening to our students and bringing their voices into decision making,” Hoffman said in a press release.

Hoffman created the task force in October 2019 after a bill drafted by March for Our Lives Arizona to establish the group within the Arizona Department of Education failed to pass the state legislature.

Its goal was to produce models of school safety plans for use across the state, as well as identify additional resources schools need to aid student’s physical and mental safety.

The group sought input from students, teachers, counselors, advocacy groups, law enforcement and legislators.

“The work and research done on this committee will undoubtedly prove to help keep our students and school communities safe, and ensure that as a state, we really are putting student’s wellbeing first,” Maya Zuckerberg, political co-director of March for Our Lives Arizona, said.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Yolanda Bejarano Photo)...
Alex Weiner

Arizona Democrats elect Yolanda Bejarano as next party chair

Arizona Democratic Party State Committee members elected Yolanda Bejarano as their next party chair on Saturday.
17 hours ago
Facebook Photo/Jeff DeWitt)...

Arizona Republicans elect Jeff DeWitt as new party chair

Former Arizona treasurer Jeff DeWit was elected chair of the state Republican party on Saturday by the GOP state committee.
17 hours ago
A migrant from Michoacan, Mexico, uses the CBPOne app Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, in Tijuana, Mexico. A...
Associated Press

Online system to seek asylum in US is quickly overwhelmed

A mobile app for migrants to seek asylum in the United States has been overwhelmed since it was introduced this month.
17 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Police Department)...

Phoenix police seek suspects in fatal shooting of 33-year-old man

The Phoenix Police Department is seeking two men in the fatal shooting of a 33-year-old man on Friday afternoon.
17 hours ago
(Flickr Photo/Sebastiaan ter Burg)...

Country music, dancing event at Glendale arena to raise funds for autism support

People can help set a world record while dancing to country music and support the local autism community at the same time during an event in March at Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale.
17 hours ago
(Facebook File Photo/Phoenix Police Department)...

Human skull found at South Mountain Park being investigated as a homicide

Phoenix police said Saturday the case of a human skull being found at South Mountain Park is now being investigated as a homicide. 
17 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

(Pexels Photo)...

Sports gambling can be fun for adults, but it’s a dangerous game for children

While adults may find that sports gambling is a way to enhance the experience with more than just fandom on the line, it can be a dangerous proposition if children get involved in the activity.
Quantum Fiber

Stream 4K and more with powerful, high-speed fiber internet

Picking which streaming services to subscribe to are difficult choices, and there is no room for internet that cannot handle increased demands.
Children’s Cancer Network

Children’s Cancer Network celebrates cancer-fighting superheroes, raises funds during September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Jace Hyduchak was like most other kids in his kindergarten class: He loved to play basketball, dress up like his favorite superheroes and jump as high as his pint-sized body would take him on his backyard trampoline.
Arizona’s School Safety Task Force releases plan to limit school violence