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Relating to the number of school marshals that may be appointed to serve on a public school campus or at a private school.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
Current law allows a public school district, an open-enrollment charter school, or a private school to appoint a school marshal to the greater of either one marshal per 200 students or one marshal per building in which students regularly receive classroom instruction.
HB 1387 would do away with the ratio system and simply allow a public school district, open enrollment charter school, or a private school to appoint one or more school marshals.
Texas Action supports HB 1387 which would uphold the principles of limited government and individual liberty. Providing a safe school campus is consistent with limited government, and giving schools the option to increase the number of school marshals as they see fit increases safety at schools. Increasing school safety enhances the individual liberty of students to learn without undue fear of suffering violence at school.