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Keeping Our Students Safe: Implementing Violence Prevention Programs and the STOP School Violence Act

  • 2358 Rayburn House Office Building (map)


Keeping Our Students Safe:

Implementing Violence Prevention Programs and the STOP School Violence Act

TOMORROW July 11, 2018


2358-A Rayburn House Office Building

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Dear Colleague:

Representatives Rutherford (R-FL), Deutch (D-FL), Rogers (R-KY), and Kilmer (D-WA) invite you to a Congressional Staff Briefing sponsored by Sandy Hook Promise and AASA, The School Superintendents Association, focused on violence prevention programs and the implementation of the STOP School Violence grants. The briefing will be held tomorrow Wednesday, July 11th from 12:00PM-1:00PM in 2358-A Rayburn House Office Building.

At the briefing, you will hear a panel of experts including school violence researchers, school administrators, and programmatic providers discuss the STOP School Violence Act, examples and research from education and law enforcement officials on school
violence prevention, and explanations of the types of programs that states, localities, school districts, and Indian tribes can utilize under the Act.


  • Moderator: Lauren Alfred, Policy and Partnership Director, Sandy Hook Promise, Washington, D.C.
  • Mark Barden, Parent & Managing Director, Sandy Hook Promise, Newtown, CT
  • Dr. Justin Henry, Superintendent, Goddard Public Schools, Goddard, KS
  • Frank Straub, Ph.D., Director of Strategic Studies, the Police Foundation, Battle Creek, MI
  • Kelly Vaillancourt Strobach, PhD, NCSP, Director of Policy and Advocacy, National Association of School Psychologists, Bethesda, MD

Sandy Hook Promise is a national, nonpartisan nonprofit organization founded and led by several family members whose loved ones were lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 and has since trained over 3.5 million students and adults to know the signs of violence so that no other parent experiences the loss of their child. AASA, The School Superintendents Association, represents more than 13,000 education leaders in the United States and serves as a national voice for public education and district leadership in Washington, D.C.

Research shows that in 90% of school shootings, at least one other person had knowledge of the attacker’s plan but failed to report it. In March 2018, Congress passed the bipartisan STOP School Violence Act as part of the FY 2018 Omnibus (P.L. 115-141).
This bill provides funds for evidence-based violence prevention programs for identifying and referral from school personnel, students and law enforcement, school threat assessment, anonymous reporting systems, as well as school security equipment.  These evidence-based programs funded through the Act can help stop a school shooting before a weapon ever reaches campus.



John Rutherford                                                                        Ted Deutch

Member of Congress                                                                Member of Congress


Hal Rogers                                                                               Derek Kilmer

Member of Congress                                                                Member of Congress