Legislation will likely bring independent safety monitor back to Phila. schools

    Legislation expected to pass the Pennsylvania House and Senate this week would bring back Philadelphia’s Office of Safe Schools Advocate.

    The office was closed in 2009 after a nine-year run for what state officials said were budgeting issues, shortly after then-advocate Jack Stollsteimer came under fire for being too critical and not offering enough solutions.

    The Inquirer reports the pending legislation would shift the position from the Department of Education to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, where the office would serve as an independent monitor of safety and incident reporting in Philadelphia’s public schools.


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