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Statement from Deborah Delisle on the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act

For Release: Friday, June 24, 2022

Contact: Dorie Turner Nolt, 404.861.1127,  

“We applaud Congress for passing the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which is a step in the right direction on an issue that has been stagnant for far too long. While this bill makes modest progress on gun control, it’s the first time in 26 years that we’ve seen movement on an issue that impacts schools and communities daily. We are encouraged by the additional investments in school safety and student mental health, though it’s important to recognize that those are not the root of the nation’s problems – easy access to guns is the issue that we need to resolved to keep our kids and communities safe. We look forward to President Biden signing this bill, and hope this is only the first step in securing policies that will keep our children safe from gun violence.”


Deborah S. Delisle is the president and CEO of All4Ed (formerly the Alliance for Excellent Education) and served as assistant secretary of elementary and secondary education from 2012 to 2015. 

All4Ed (formerly the Alliance for Excellent Education) is a Washington, DC–based national organization dedicated to advancing policies and practices so all students, especially those from underserved communities and particularly students of color and those from low-income families, graduate from high school prepared to complete postsecondary education and achieve success in a rapidly changing world.