Washington D.C. – We are pleased to join many of our colleagues in the education community in supporting the Secure Our Schools Act, sponsored by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Cornyn (R-TX). The bill authorizes funding for evidence-based strategies and programs to prevent school violence. We recognize and thank the Senators for taking this action and ensuring that charter schools, as public schools, may participate.
This bill is a critical but modest step toward protecting our students and our teachers. That said, we believe that to truly protect our children, their families and educators, Congress must take even bolder steps immediately to stem the epidemic of gun violence that has infected our houses of worship, college campuses, our neighborhoods and other gathering places as well as our nation’s schools.

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