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School safety: How will superintendents, principals, and boards keep schools safe – and save face with parents – when pandemic recovery money and state grants disappear?

Posted by on September 22, 2023

Many school leaders are funding school security measures and student support services using Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Programs (ESSER) and/or American Rescue Plan (ARP) COVID pandemic recovery funds. If school leaders do not have a plan for sustainability once those dollars begin to disappear in the next year or two, school violence and […]

How Congress and the Biden Administration can restore meaningful programs to strengthen school safety, security, and emergency preparedness

Posted by on June 12, 2022

Congress and the Biden Administration do not need to reinvent the wheel to improve safety in America’s PreK-12 schools.  They need only do some homework to find multiple meaningful federal programs created in a bipartisan effort by Congress and the Clinton Administration following the 1999 school shooting attacks at Columbine High School that resulted in […]

How President Trump can “Make federal school safety policy great again”: Advice from Ken Trump to President Donald Trump

Posted by on January 20, 2017

President Donald J. Trump takes office today as the 45th President of the United States.  As he and his nominated Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, begin working to “Make America Great Again,” they also have the opportunity to “Make Federal School Safety Policy Great Again.” Obama, Congress eliminated critical school safety programs prior to the […]

House Proposes Cuts to 2011 School Emergency Planning Grants

Posted by on February 27, 2011

First the Obama Administration proposed eliminating K-12 school emergency planning grants from the 2012 federal budget.  Now, it appears the House Appropriations Committee is calling to eliminate the funds from this year’s 2011 budget! In a Friday press release on $4 billion in spending cuts as a part of a proposed short term government funding Continuing […]

Is School Safety at the Education Funding Cliff? Part Two

Posted by on February 10, 2010

Yesterday’s “Education Funding Cliff” post  focused on school safety as one of the top areas typically hit by school district budget cuts. Today, let’s take a look at what schools can and cannot afford to do with school safety during tight financial times. School Safety Budget Cut “Do” and “Do Not” Tips There will be […]

Is School Safety at the Education Funding Cliff? Part One

Posted by on February 9, 2010

Sunday’s New York Times story entitled, “With Federal Stimulus Money Gone, Many Schools Face Budget Gaps,” looks at the budget gaps expected to be created when the federal stimulus education money has been spent by local districts.  Educators refer to it as approaching the “funding cliff.” The Times story references new studies showing many states will spend most, […]