State legislative committees to focus on school security

State House and Senate Education policy committees will hold a joint hearing on school security and student and teacher safety. A meeting, open to the public, will be held January 9, 2013. An exact time and location of the hearing will be announced within the next few days.

State School Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice and representatives from the Department of Homeland Security, Alabama District Attorney Association, Alabama Sheriff Association and other stakeholder groups will make presentations.

House Speaker Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) made the announcement of the joint hearing. Hubbard said, "Our goal is to complete a comprehensive review of the issue and learn what we can do as a legislature to ensure public schools across Alabama are as safe, secure and protected as possible."