Senator Dinniman with the officers of the Chester County Student Forum. Pictured (from left to right) Safoora Saddiqui of Collegium Charter School, Senator Dinniman, Victoria Wright of Phoenixville Area High School, Sim Kaur of the Downingtown STEM Academy, and Jessica Dauphinas of Phoenixville Area High School.

WEST CHESTER (April 3) – State Senator Andy Dinniman discussed school and student safety issues with representatives from the Chester County Student Forum at a special meeting at the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU).

“It was a productive and comprehensive discussion, and I appreciated hearing directly from Chester County students and student leaders about their concerns and thoughts on ways to improve safety in our schools,” Dinniman, who serves as minority chair of the Senate Education Committee, said. “Public safety is a primary duty of government and I can’t think of a more important issue than ensuring that our students and young people have a safe place to learn and grow.”

The Chester County Student Forum is comprised of student leaders from Chester County’s public, private, and non-public high schools. Students are selected to become members of the Forum by their school’s Student Forum faculty advisor. 

The forum included student representatives from Collegium Charter School, Downingtown East High School, Downingtown West High School, Downingtown STEM Academy, Great Valley High School, Octorara High School, Oxford High School, Phoenixville High School and Avon Grove High School

Following student-led walkouts, marches, and protests at local high schools and across the country, Dinniman said the event was the next step in fostering a productive dialogue with students on school safety.

“It was a great opportunity to talk with student leaders. I’ve always felt that lawmakers need to ensure that students’ views are considered in making decisions on education policy in Harrisburg,” Dinniman said. “I also want to commend our young people for stepping up, making their voices heard, and getting involved in the civic process on this issue.”

You can view a recording of the event here.

 

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