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GSCA Presents to House Study Committee on School Security

Posted By: Gail Smith Advocacy ,

GSCA Presents to House Study Committee on School Security

During the 2018 legislative session, a House Resolution (HR 1414) was passed that created a committee to study resources and strategies for keeping students, teachers and other school personnel safe while at school.  The committee, made up of eight members of the House of Representatives, is holding a series of meetings to hear from all sectors of the community concerning school security.  GSCA was asked to present at the second meeting which was held on August 21 in Atlanta where Gail M. Smith, GSCAs Advocacy Co-chair, presented on behalf of GSCA.  Focused on the role of the School Counselor in School Security, GSCA recommended the need to fully fund the school counselor ratios, to implement comprehensive school counseling programming statewide, to implement Counselor Keys Effectiveness System as the state’s official performance evaluation of school counselors, and to continue to include school counselors in policy decisions that impact students.   

Members of the committee include:

Rep Rick Jasperse, Chair 

Rep. Mandi Ballinger (R-Canton), Vice-Chair

Rep. Tommy Benton (R-Jefferson) 

Rep. Heath Clark (R-Warner Robbins) 

Rep. Katie Dempsey (R-Rome) 

Rep. Eddie Lumsden (R-Armuchee) 

Rep. Randy Nix (R-LaGrange) 

Rep. Brian Prince (D-Augusta) 

Rep. Valencia Stovall (D-Forest Park) 

 

Link to Video (GSCA presentation begins at 3:52):  

https://livestream.com/accounts/19771805/events/7993495/videos/179198121

PowerPoint Presentation

Link to HR1414:

http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20172018/HR/1414