This bill — known as the Make Schools Safer Act — would require the Director of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) at the Education Dept. to make research about school safety available to elementary and secondary school officials and school counselors through the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC). That would include best practices for educating appropriate school personnel on techniques for identifying students who may pose a violent threat would be made available under this bill.
Additionally, the IES Director would collaborate, as appropriate, with healthcare professionals, state and local law enforcement, youth organizations, and parents to implement procedures for:
Early identification of students at risk of committing violence, including those who may have mental illnesses;
Use of crisis response systems;
Use of referral mechanisms for mental health and other treatment services; and
Designing interventions for students at risk of committing violence, including those who may have mental illnesses.
This legislation does not authorize either advocacy or promotion of gun control.