HARRISBURG, PA (CBS) – A bill that would re-establish the office of Safe Schools Advocate within the Philadelphia School District has sailed through the state House and now heads to the State Senate.

Philadelphia House Republican John Taylor, the sponsor of the bill, says the Office of Safe Schools Advocate was essentially undermined by previous administrations, with its operations moved to suburban Harrisburg. Taylor says previously, the office was under the control of the Department of Education, which didn’t care for the scrutiny.

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But Monday night, the state House – without debate – unanimously approved legislation that would put the office back in Philadelphia and transfer control to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, PCCD.

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Taylor says he hopes that the PCCD, with its mission geared toward helping crime victims, will embrace the Office of Safe Schools in a way the Education Department did not.

Reported by Harrisburg Bureau Chief Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio 1060

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