Safe Schools for Alex was formed to provide parents, school districts and law enforcement the most current school safety best practices, resources, and tools so children can learn in a safe environment.
Since The Parkland Tragedy
- June 2022 – After passing in the House & the Senate, President Joe Biden signs the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act into law, which includes codifying the federal school safety clearinghouse, schoolsafety.gov, and therefore activating the measures outlined in the Luke and Alex School Safety Act
- June 2022 – Max testifies on behalf of the Senate Judiciary Committee on the importance of gun safety, and passing crucial legislative measures such as the Luke and Alex School Safety Act, as well as the EAGLES Act.
- February 2022 – Safe Schools for Alex launches its fifth School Safety Dashboard in Virginia – just one year after its initial launch.
- December 2021 – Max and Ryan Schachter are featured on Dr. Phil following the tragic shooting at Oxford High School. They share the work Safe Schools for Alex has completed in order to help create a safer environment for children in schools.
- October 2021 – The Alex Schachter Scholarship fund donates $25,000 to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Eagle Regiment Marching Band.
- September 2021 – Max Schachter joins the Mass Violence Advisory Initiative (MVAI) team – a spearheaded effort via the collaboration of the Department of Justice and The International Association of Chiefs of Police. This initiative provides peer-to-peer assistance to law enforcement leaders following a mass violence event to maximize the safety and wellness of officers, other first responders, and the community. The MVAI will advise these groups by sharing promising practices for communicating with community members and the media and connecting law enforcement leaders with local, state, and federal partners. The initiative will also address agency, victim, and survivor’s mental wellbeing.
- August 2021 – The School Safety Dashboard expands to four states – providing reported incidents of violence, bullying, drug abuse, and more in Florida, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire Schools.
- May 2021 –Max advises the Federal Bureau of Investigation Behavioral Analysis Unit. He also presented to their Advanced Threat Assessment and Management course.
- February 2021 – Safe Schools for Alex launches the School Safety Dashboard – The First Statewide Dashboard to Reduce School Violence. Safe Schools for Alex receives over two dozen endorsements from prominent local, state, and national education leaders. Max conducts more than 50 trainings to stakeholders including the Florida PTA, The Florida School Board Association, The Florida Association of District School Superintendents and others.
- November 2020 – Max was admitted as a member of the National Sheriff’s Association School Safety and Security Committee.
- October 2020 – Max trains stakeholders including the Florida Department of Education Office of Safe Schools to use the new School Incident Report.
- May 2020 – Safe Schools for Alex conducts training to school and law enforcement officials on the lessons learned in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting. This training included Social Media Threat Analysis on the latest digital techniques to prevent violence in school.
- April 2020 – Safe Schools for Alex launches the “Let The Music Play On!” initiative to give middle school band students in low-income communities free private online music lessons during the Coronavirus Pandemic. To date, the program has delivered over 450 private online music lessons to middle school band students in Title I schools.
- February 2020 –Max meets with President Trump in the Oval Office for the launch of the new federal school safety website SchoolSafety.gov. This new tool provides a one-stop shop for all school safety best practices, resources, and grant dollars, so that all children can learn in a safe environment.
- November 2019 – Max accompanies the U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center on their first nationwide tour to prevent acts of targeted violence in school.
- June 2019 – The new Federal School Safety Clearinghouse is created inside the Department of Homeland Security. After 15 trips to Washington D.C. and 150 meetings with members of Congress and the White House, Max’s vision finally became a reality.
- April 2019 – Max establishes the Alex Schachter Scholarship Fund to support the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Eagle Regiment Marching Band and music education nationwide. This initiative has raised $150,000 to date.
- March 2018 – Max was appointed to serve on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission established by former Governor Rick Scott. The commission is tasked with investigating the Parkland massacre and developing recommendations to protect Florida’s schools.
- February 2018 – Max helped pass the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act in the Florida Legislature to fix the failures that led to the Parkland massacre.
President Trump announced the creation of the Federal School Safety Clearinghouse & SchoolSafety.gov, as recommended by Alex’s father Max Schachter.
School Safety Initiatives
Champions of School Safety
The Champions of School Safety program aims to bring together school safety thought leaders, experts and advocates in each of the fifty states for a common purpose of reducing violence in schools.
Safe Schools For Alex Student Chapter
School safety can not be achieved by state mandates or school administration alone. Students have to be empowered to believe they can affect change.
School Safety Dashboard
The first step towards creating a positive learning environment for children. Our dashboard is a user-friendly tool designed to share with parents, law enforcement, and other stakeholders…