Kindergarten…, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from mastcharter’s photostream

On Tuesday, February 19th, I hosted a special session of City Council which brought together public safety officials; Pittsburgh Public Schools officials; principals and administrators from Pittsburgh private, parochial, charter and special needs schools; the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers; and local school security experts who are advising schools around the country. Together, we discussed strategies for improving communication, creating or improving safety and emergency preparedness plans, and sharing best practices.

After the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School and the senseless shootings that continue to plague our country, I felt that it was important to bring these key decision makers together to have a public discussion. The goal is simple: Make Pittsburgh the safest city at protecting our children by utilizing technology and best practice models that assure our public safety resources are being utilized efficiently, effectively and equitably.

I want to thank everyone who took time out of their schedules to participate.


second grade writing glass: public schools, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from woodleywonderworks’ photostream