Obama’s Education Chief Seeks Parkland Parents’ Advice On Public School Boycott

Former U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan spoke with parents in Parkland about a possible boycott of public schools to pressure lawmakers to pass gun control. By JESSICA BAKEMAN • JUL 18, 2018 After the May school shooting in Texas, President Obama’s secretary of education tweeted support for a radical idea: “What if no children went to school until gun laws changed to keep them safe?” Now, Arne Duncan is working … Continue reading Obama’s Education Chief Seeks Parkland Parents’ Advice On Public School Boycott

Free handheld metal detectors available for all Indiana schools

JULY 9, 2018, BY FOX59 WEB, INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb provided an update Monday in the state’s efforts to improve school safety, and announced a new program for schools to get handheld metal detectors. The metal detectors will be made available to any public, charter and non-public school that wants them and will not cost the schools anything. They will be provided one detector … Continue reading Free handheld metal detectors available for all Indiana schools

Flurry of education-related action expected this week

  By KIMBERLY HEFLING 06/25/2018 10:00 AM EDT BUSY DAYS AHEAD: This week, a revamp of the federal career and technical education program, a Trump administration proposal to merge the Education and Labor departments and Education Department funding will all get air time on Capitol Hill. — Multiple school safety-related events are scheduled in Washington and outside the Beltway. On top of that, the Supreme Court could rule as … Continue reading Flurry of education-related action expected this week

N.J. politician says only teachers who carry guns should get hired

By Rob Jennings June 21, 2018 NJ Advance Media for NJ.com A municipal elected official in Hunterdon County is drawing criticism from the state’s largest teachers union after asserting that only educators authorized to carry weapons should be allowed in N.J. schools. Raritan Township Committee member Louis Carl Reiner argued that state lawmakers should approve legislation “making concealed carrying of a firearm mandatory as a condition … Continue reading N.J. politician says only teachers who carry guns should get hired

Modest school safety measures making way through California Legislature

DAVID WASHBURN JUNE 17, 2018 Following the February massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., California legislators, like their counterparts around the nation, introduced a number of bills to address school safety. Two bills — one by introduced by a GOP lawmaker calling for armed police officers on every school campus and another mandating mental health professionals in schools — have already … Continue reading Modest school safety measures making way through California Legislature

Arizona gubernatorial candidate’s school safety plan includes arming staff

BY KTAR.COM JUNE 19, 2018 AT 4:46 AM PHOENIX — Former Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett recently released his school safety plan as part of his campaign for Arizona governor, which included arming staff members. As part of the plan, Bennett pledged to train “willing, competent and capable” staff members on carrying firearms in schools, create a task force to focus on student safety during emergencies, … Continue reading Arizona gubernatorial candidate’s school safety plan includes arming staff

Teachers and guns: Inside a firearm training where educators learn to take down shooters

“I need to have that weapon on me at all times in case something would happen,” an Ohio teacher said. “I know the other teachers feel the same way.” by Kalhan Rosenblatt / Jun.19.2018 / 3:39 AM ET On a recent morning in Newcomerstown, Ohio, a row of teachers stood in a line with guns drawn and moved slowly toward a row of steel plate targets. As the … Continue reading Teachers and guns: Inside a firearm training where educators learn to take down shooters

Spokane Public Schools Investing Dollars, Personnel in School Safety

Nikolas Cruz is led out of the courtroom after being arraigned at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Cruz is accused of opening fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, killing 17 students and adults. BY JIM MCKAY / MAY 24, 2018 Mental health professionals, resource officers and locked doors are just part of the program. … Continue reading Spokane Public Schools Investing Dollars, Personnel in School Safety

Safety in public schools shouldn’t be a partisan concern

By George S. Christian,  May 31, 2018 The health and welfare of public school students ought surely to be a nonpartisan issue. Yet the various responses to the terrible events at Santa Fe High School indicate deeply divided opinions about the appropriate response. The non-profit Partnership for Texas urges state policymakers to bury their political differences and work withlocal school districts, law enforcement and communities to make … Continue reading Safety in public schools shouldn’t be a partisan concern

A cop in every public school by August? Easier said than done

For decades school police officers patrolled campuses, but next year city cops will share the job. Pictured: School district police and sheriff’s deputies investigate a school bus with two broken windows in 2012. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post) Palm Beach County schools struggle with the costs and complexities of Florida’s mandate to guard every campus. By Andrew Marra – Palm Beach Post Staff Writer After the Parkland … Continue reading A cop in every public school by August? Easier said than done