Governor orders immediate action on Texas school safety

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Governor Greg Abbott presented his own ideas Wednesday on how to make Texas schools safer.

He drew up a list of demands in a letter sent to Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath which outlines steps to help prevent tragedies like the school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

In it he states, "Education leaders, including you- must take immediate action to ensure that our school children are safe in Texas schools."

He continues with a list of recommendations, one being that all school districts receive the latest research on school safety from the Texas School Safety Center, a dedicated research facility at Texas State University.

He wants this information to also be shared with charter schools, education service centers, private schools and childcare centers.

Additionally, all Texas public schools are already required to complete safety audits, but he wants them done on all campus facilities, including everything from cafeterias to weight rooms.

Also, the names of any school districts that have not completed the required safety audits will be released to the press and put on the TEA website.

Lastly, he wants the Texas School Safety Center, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the governor's office to collaborate and send school safety recommendations to the state legislature.

These could include changes to emergency operation plans or how school districts report any threats they receive.

There was no public response posted from TEA Commissioner Morath on his blog or social media at the time of this article's publication Wednesday night.

"Our first duty as a government is to protect our citizens from harm," writes Governor Abbott.

He says these are only first steps to safer schools, with more improvements planned in the future.