Federal Commission on School Safety: Summary and Analysis of Possible Implications for K-12 Policies

Published December 21, 2018
by Scott Palmer, Cathy HolahanJamie Fasteau, Kristin Herrmann, and Sean Worley

On December 18, the Federal Commission on School Safety released its final report and recommendations for how the federal government, state governments, and local communities should adjust policies and practices in order to improve student safety. The Commission was comprised of four Cabinet members in President Donald Trump’s Administration, including USED Secretary Betsy DeVos and acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker. The report included recommendations on how to improve school climate, school security, increase access to mental health services, and more. On December 21, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) rescinded 2014 guidance on school discipline, developed and implemented during the Obama Administration. Download our analysis of the Guidance rescission and the other Commission recommendations and learn more how both could have implications on K-12 policy at the federal, state, and local levels.