State Controller Thomas DiNapoli begins audits on school safety in wake of national school shootings

Ken Lovett

New York Daily News

Jun 4, 2018

In the wake of a spate of school shootings across the country in recent years, state Controller Thomas DiNapoli wants to see if the state and New York City education departments are doing enough to ensure schools are safe.

DiNapoli on Monday announced his office has begun audits into whether the two education departments are ensuring that schools have adequate and current safety plans in the event of either a school shooting or major emergency.

“The epidemic of deadly school shootings in the past few years and the terror wrought in our children’s classrooms is horrifying,” DiNapoli said. “Sadly, every school district in New York and across the country has to plan for the unthinkable.”

A law enacted in 2000 requires schools to develop policies and procedures covering safe evacuation, communication in emergencies, emergency responder access to building plans, and school violence prevention training.

DiNapoli said his auditors starting this month will look at several schools across the state to see how effectively they have followed the law.