Policies to Achieve safer schools
Sponsored by the CSG Education and Health Public Policy Committees
Friday, Sept. 20, 2:30-5 p.m.
Since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., Dec. 14, 2012, many state policymakers have asked critical questions about school safety and violence prevention. States convened task forces and debated various policy issues to keep students safe during the 2013 legislative sessions. This session will focus on evidence-based public policy reform in mental health, education and emergency response as a way to address these critical issues. Agenda topics will include mental health issues such as screening, early diagnosis and treatment, and violence prevention in schools.
Representative Elizabeth Ritter
Director of Safe Schools, Colorado Attorney General’s Office
President, National School Safety and Security Services
In November 2004, Betsy Ritter was first elected State Representative for the 38th District, representing the Town of Waterford and a portion of the Town of Montville, CT. She is currently in her fifth term. Betsy serves on the Committee on Appropriations, the Committee on Human Services, and the Committee on Energy and Technology. She was House Chair of the Committee on Public Health for the previous four years, and she currently holds the position of Deputy Speaker. She has done extensive legislative work in the areas of healthcare delivery and reform, behavioral and mental health, and developmental disabilities.
Betsy was first elected to public office in Waterford in 1990 as Registrar of Voters. She was subsequently elected Town Treasurer and 1998 she became Waterford’s Tax Collector, a position to which she was elected twice. Betsy lives in the Quaker Hill section of Waterford with her husband and their two dogs.
Susan Payne is the Founding Executive Director of the Safe2Tell®, a prevention initiative developed as a response to the Columbine tragedy in Colorado. Susan served in this role as a Special Agent with the Colorado Department of Public Safety, Homeland Security from 2006 until 2010; she currently serves as the Director of Safe Schools with the Colorado Attorney General’s Office. In 2006, Susan’s expertise was requested at the President’s White House Conference on School Violence Prevention. Susan is a 24-year law enforcement veteran. She is a graduate of the National School Safety Center and also has been certified as an Advanced Public Information Officer.
Kenneth S. Trump, M.P.A., President of National School Safety and Security Services, has more than 25 years of K-12 school security specific experience. Ken has trained and consulted on school security assessments, emergency preparedness, and related school violence issues for school and public safety officials from all 50 states and Canada, and is author of three books and more than 80 articles on school security and crisis issues. Ken's national leadership on school safety includes serving as a four-time invited Congressional expert witness on school security and emergency preparedness issues, providing a briefing on school security and emergency preparedness to Israeli educators and safety officials on behalf of the U.S. State Department, testifying on bullying and the role of the federal government as an invited expert witness before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and participating as an invited attendee at the 2006 White House Conference on School Safety. Ken was on scene in Newtown, Connecticut, the weekend following the Sandy Hook shootings providing live interviews and analysis on school security for The Today Show, CNN, Fox News Channel, and other national media.Most recently, Kenwas an invited presenter to Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy's Sandy Hook Advisory Commission where hetestifiedon state policy and funding, and local school best practices, in school security and emergency preparedness. Ken has a Master of Public Administration degree and a B.A. in Social Service from Cleveland State University.