Posts Tagged ‘school districts’
In the last decade, there were numerous reports of fraudulent acts committed by school officials, many resulting in criminal indictments and jail sentences for the perpetrators, as well as significant monetary costs and adverse publicity for the victimized school districts. More recent media headlines identifying fraud in schools again remind us that investigative audits are critical to the continued cultivation of trust and accountability in our education system.
A “Saturday Night Live” skit about a male student having sex with his female high school teacher painted the relationship as every teen boy’s dream, but drew a firestorm of criticism on social media.
The reaction to the comedy sketch reflected a growing view among law enforcement and victims’ advocacy groups that it is no laughing matter when a woman educator preys on her male students.
The current influx of undocumented immigrant children from Central and South America has created a financial crisis for school districts throughout the United States.
Headlines from nation’s newspapers tell the tale of financial stress as school districts’ seek aide from the federal government.
- Illegal border children taxing resources inside U.S. schools USA TODAY
- Illegal Immigrant Children In The Classroom, Schools Brace For 50,000 New Students
- Cost of educating new class of illegal immigrant minors estimated at over $760M
One of the great frustrations we at SERAPH have had in our work with securing school environments over the past 20 years is the obsession many school board members and school administrators have with security equipment such as cameras.
In this article we will set the record straight about security equipment; when is it useful and when it increases security problems?
After the Columbine massacre on April 20, 1999 the school spent an obscene amount of money on security equipment for the high school. Six months later a student walked through these systems with a loaded handgun. The school administrators didn’t understand school safety before April 20th and they had learned little after it. Human beings must manage other human beings!
The SERAPH Research Team which provides a biyearly school safety report for Congress has released its “FIVE CRITICAL SCHOOL SECURITY ISSUES list.
The list was developed from interviews with teachers, school security personnel, police and principals from 120 school districts throughout the United States.
- LACK OF ACCURATE UNDERSTANDING OF SECURITY ISSUES – Many schools and school districts have performed poor assessments of their school safety as it relates to everyday management of the schools.
Schools have security audits performed which focus on physical security such as cameras and emergency plans. These audits do not address classroom management, sub cultural groups, educational objectives, special education, negative behavior cliques and sexual issues.