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WEST CHESTER – April 3, 2018 – State Senator Andy Dinniman will discuss school and student safety issues with representatives from the Chester County Student Forum at a special meeting on Thursday, April 5 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU).

“I look forward to a productive and comprehensive discussion, as well as hearing directly from Chester County students and student leaders about their concerns and thoughts on ways to improve safety in our schools,” Dinniman, who serves as minority chair of the Senate Education Committee, said. “Public safety is a primary duty of government and I can’t think of a more important issue than ensuring that our students and young people have a safe place to learn and grow.”

The Chester County Student Forum is comprised of student leaders from Chester County’s public, private, and non-public high schools. Students are selected to become members of the Forum by their school’s Student Forum faculty advisor.

The forum will include student representatives from Collegium Charter School, Downingtown East High School, Downingtown West High School, Downingtown STEM Academy, Great Valley High School, and Octorara High School, among other schools.

Following student-led walkouts, marches, and protests at local high schools and across the country, Dinniman said Thursday’s event was the next step in fostering a productive dialogue with students on school safety.

“I welcome the opportunity to talk with student leaders and I’ve always felt that lawmakers need to ensure that students’ views are considered in making decisions on education policy in Harrisburg,” Dinniman said. “I also want to commend our young people for stepping up, making their voices heard, and getting involved in the civic process on this issue.”

The forum will take place in Room 400 of the CCIU located at 455 Boot Road in Downingtown.

It will also be live-streamed at