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ABOUT US - HISTORY OF THE OFFICE

 


The Office of Safe Schools Advocate (OSSA) was the first and only one of its kind when it was created by the state legislature in 2000.  More relevant to OSSA’s mission, the office is shared between the Deparment of Education and PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency .

In addition to providing information and helping victims of school-based violence understand their rights and options, OSSA is responsible for ensuring the school district’s compliance with all laws, regulations and reporting requirements pertaining to school safety and discipline; as well as reviewing and advising on legislation and policy.

Funding for OSSA disappeared in 2009. However, the increasing wave of school bullying and violence prompted the architects of the 2001 law -- state Reps. John Taylor (R-177) and William Keller (D-184) – to urge that funding be restored to the office.

 

 A brief history of the Office of Safe Schools Advocate

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​2000 -​ The Office of Safe Schools Advocate (OSSA) was created by the state legislature;​
​2001 ​- ​First Advocate appointed and office placed under the Dept of Education to assist victims and monitor the District’s compliance with mandatory reporting;
​2009 ​- ​Closed due to lack of funding;
​2011 ​- ​Funding re-instated & placed under PA Commission on Crime & Delinquency;
​2015 ​- ​Budget moves funding back to Dept of Education, and OSSA seconded to PCCD for continuity;
​2016 - ​New Advocate, Roi A. Ligon, appointed by Gov. Tom Wolf.

 
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Previous Safe Schools Advocates


Harvey Rice                        Appointed by Gov. Tom Ridge 2001
Jack Stollsteimer                Appointed by Gov. Ed Rendell 2006
Kelley Hodge                      Appointed by Gov. Tom Corbett 2011