About Us - History of the Office
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
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