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Gov. Abbott orders immediate action on ensuring safety in Texas schools

Governor outlined steps in letter to Texas Education Agency

AUSTIN – Gov. Greg Abbott wants Texas education leaders to do more to help students and staff at state schools stay safe.

On Wednesday, he sent a letter to Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath, outlining steps to help prevent tragedies such as the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14.

Abbott's letter orders steps that include cataloging and sharing information on school safety programs to all school districts, charter schools and education centers in the state.

Another step involves ensuring that all Texas public schools have completed and submitted required school safety audits. The governor wants any school district that did not complete the requirements to be put on a list that would be published on the TEA website.

Abbott also wants education leaders to work with his office, the Texas School Safety Center and the Texas Department of Public Safety to draft recommendations on how to make schools in Texas safer.

To read the governor's letter to the TEA commissioner, click here.