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School security is being sold to the highest bidders. Private equity and venture capital investors are hijacking the school safety field. Will a passion for profits overshadow a passion for school safety?

Posted by on April 9, 2024

Follow the money. If you are a superintendent, school board member, or principal you should follow it very closely when it comes to school safety, or you may lose control over decisions about safety in your schools. Private investors are increasingly taking control over the school safety industry Private investors increasingly have their eyes set […]

How to Make Schools Safer During Tight Budget Times

Posted by on May 20, 2010

Tight budgets are no excuse for failing to be proactive with school safety. Parents will forgive educators if their school’s test scores go down.  Parents will be much less forgiving if their children are hurt in an incident which could have been prevented or better managed. Attorneys and the media will be equally unforgiving.  So […]

Why School Safety Initiatives Fail

Posted by on May 18, 2010

New York Times writer, Crystal Yednak, and I spoke at length for her article published this past Sunday entitled, “Seeking to Assure Students’ Safety Outside School.”  The article highlights stimulus-funded efforts in Chicago to create safer streets for students walking to and from school following a shocking number of kids killed and injured in recent […]

Who Will Bail Out School Safety?

Posted by on May 17, 2010

Education budget cuts are in the headlines every day:  Teachers being laid off in mass numbers.  Local levy and bond issues failing left and right.  Major cuts from school operating budgets. Buried deeper in these stories are the cuts to school safety.  As of July, if things move forward as planned, the state grant component […]