State and local leaders across Texas are taking significant steps to ensure school safety is a top priority. Through legislation, executive orders, and additional education funding, leaders are highlighting the importance of safeguarding campuses, preparing for worst-case scenarios, and improving communication channels between schools and first responders. Some significant laws recently passed regarding school safety in Texas, include:
- Sept. 2013: State law created a school marshal program allowing armed school workers in Texas schools.
- June 2018: Gov. Greg Abbott launches a reporting system called iWatchTexas, allowing Texans to report potential threats in their communities and schools — highlighting the need for better communication between private citizens and law enforcement agencies in thwarting crises.
- Sept. 2019: School districts are instructed to implement emergency plans. Including recommendations outlined by Gov. Greg Abbott after the Santa Fe High School shooting, the law asks schools to assess their current protocols and identify essential improvements to keep students and facility safe.
- Sept. 2019: In response to the mass shootings in El Paso and Odessa, Gov. Greg Abbott issues a series of executive orders focused on strengthening law enforcement’s ability to prevent future mass shootings by improving reporting channels.
- Sept. 2019: State leaders allocate hundreds of millions of dollars in additional education funding for schools to implement new and improved campus safety measures.