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House Proceeding 05-13-09 on May 13th, 2009 :: 1:34:40 to 1:38:50
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David G. Reichert

1:34:40 to 1:35:01( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from washington. mr. reichert: thank you, mr. chairman. today we are considering legislation to improve the condition of our elementary and secondary schools. i can think of nothing more fundamental to creating an optimal learning environment for our children than ensuring our

David G. Reichert

1:34:40 to 1:38:50( Edit History Discussion )
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David G. Reichert

1:35:02 to 1:35:24( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: schools are safe, secure places for them to learn and grow. safety is an integral part to fostering a positive learning environment. students can learn best and eachers can each best when they don't feel endangered or threatened. parents also deserve the peace of mind knowing that their children will be safe when they

David G. Reichert

1:35:25 to 1:35:46( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: drop them off at school in the mornings. the rise in school violence in recent years highlight the need for improvements in school safety measures. while the bill provides for funds for bringing schools into compliance with fire and health and safety codes, the bill does not currently provide funding to help ensure that schools are prepared for other emergencies

David G. Reichert

1:35:47 to 1:36:07( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: like, unfortunately, school shootings. my amendment is simple. it permits funds to be used for upgrading or installing technology to ensure schools are prepared and able to respond to emergency like campus violence, acts of terrorism, and natural disasters. it is essential that wequip our schools with the tools

David G. Reichert

1:36:08 to 1:36:28( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: needed to protect our teachers, our students, and school administrators during times of crisis and violence. it's sad that we come to understand the need for these funds to be spent on these heartbreaking tragedies like those at virginia tech and columbine where some many innocent lives were lost and

David G. Reichert

1:36:29 to 1:36:49( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: families were torn apart by the loss of a son or daughter, husband or wife. and as a former cop of 33 years, i can stand here today and tell you that communication during emergencies is so critical. they are needed to bring everybody together, to

David G. Reichert

1:36:50 to 1:37:10( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: communicate to make sure that everyone involved in a tragedy in an emergency is safe. for example, ding the columbine tragedy, first responders knew that students were trapped in the library with the shooters, however they didn't know where the library was located. so they didn't know where to go.

David G. Reichert

1:37:11 to 1:37:32( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: 12 students and oneeacher lost their lives that day while 21 more students were injured. incident planning and mapping systems, school mapping as it's more commonly known as, and notification and alert systems are essential. cameras and other web based emergency preparedness and crisis management systems exist

David G. Reichert

1:37:33 to 1:37:53( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: today to improve school security, prevent future tragedy from occurring, by enabling schools to prepare for the unthinkable. my amendment will provide the funds so that schools are able to provide the highest level of protection to their students and their teachers. in my home state of washington, a tragedy was successfully avoided at lewis and clark high

David G. Reichert

1:37:54 to 1:38:14( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: school in spokane, washington, using these types of safety measures. in september of 2003, a school shooting at lewis and clark high school was successfully resolved without loss of life. a student fired a gun in a classroom and thanks to the system that they put in place at that school, they were able to respond quickly, know where the

David G. Reichert

1:38:15 to 1:38:35( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: rooms were, know where the shooter was, know where the incident was taking place, and evacuate students and -- 2,000 students by the way, and resolve this crisis with no injuries and no deaths. emergencies come in many forms. we have a responsibility to ensure that our schools are equipped with all the tools

David G. Reichert

1:38:36 to 1:38:51( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: necessary to prevent and effectively respond to all emergencies. in addition to building modern schools with minimal environmental impact, we should build schools for the modern equipment that creates a safe

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