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Michael Smerconish talks to Profiler Dale Yeager on the Sandy Hook Tragedy

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Michael Smerconish is a nationally syndicated radio host, newspaper columnist, author and MSNBC contributor.

Michael talks to profiler Dale Yeager on the Sandy Hook Tragedy on Soundcloud.

Smerconish has often been recognized for his radio work. Talkers Magazine has consistently named him one of America’s most important talk show hosts. In 2009, prior to his syndication, Radio and Records named him the nation’s Local Personality of the Year. In 2011, the National Association of Broadcasters selected him as a Marconi Award finalist in the category of Best Network/Syndicated Host. He has often been the recipient of several (Philadelphia) Achievement in Radio awards, including Best Talk Show Host and Best Evening Program. Philadelphia Magazine has named him the City’s best talk show host, as well as one of the City’s most powerful citizens.

NEW FIRST OF ITS KIND NATIONAL PROGRAM TO HELP U.S. SCHOOLS WITH SCHOOL SAFETY PROBLEMS ANNOUNCED

A new national coalition of School Safety experts announced today the development of a “Super School Security Audit” program.

The program brings together a comprehensive auditing of emergency readiness, physical security [cameras, web based security, etc.] and climate assessment [classroom management, leadership evaluations, special education] by experienced law enforcement and education professionals.
“This is the first time that law enforcement and school administers have come together to create a comprehensive auditing process for School Safety, Emergency Response and Education Management”, states SERAPH CEO Dale Yeager.
The new process will allow schools officials to have an audit performed of their policies, training, management systems and security hardware to evaluate whether these systems are preventing safety and security issues.
“Many school districts’ do not have a formal process to accurately assess from a security perspective what is happening behind the scenes of their schools”, says Yeager. “This new process will provide them with accurate information and more importantly solutions to specific safety issues.
The new audit process also provides important documentation for schools to apply for Federal monies.
Yeager says, “The U.S. Department of Education requires climate assessments of Special Education departments and comprehensive assessment of security and safety issues. “Without this examination of their districts they will lose much needed Federal grant money.

Congressional School Safety Expert Says School Bus Beating, Evidence Of Poor Management By School Administrators

Dale Yeager a school safety expert says that the recent school bus beating of a 13 year old girl in Marion County School District is indicative of the poor management of students and staff that he sees as epidemic throughout U.S. schools.

Yeager who heads a research team which has provided three reports to Congress on school safety says the lack of training and management is at the heart of school bus related crime.

“Over the last 20 years and 28,000 schools we find a serious issue with the management of staff and students. This is at the heart of crimes such as this one, states Yeager. The dirty secret in American education is that disconnected and lazy Administrators significantly contribute to crimes against students.”

U.S. JUSTICE DEPT STUDY INDICATES ZERO TOLERANCE POLICIES MAY HAVE AN ADVERSE EFFECT ON STUDENTS

http://www.seraph.net/services/school-safety-and-education-management/

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A recently published research brief by Child Trends, “Multiple Responses, Promising Results: Evidence-Based, Non punitive Alternatives To Zero Tolerance,” suggests that zero tolerance school discipline policies have not been proven effective by research and may have negative effects, making students more likely to drop out and less likely to graduate on time. Instead, the brief recommends the use of non punitive disciplinary action, such as behavior interventions, social skills classes, and character education.

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Neumann University Bullying Workshop for School Officials and School Board Members March 22

To help teachers and school administrators deal with issues of bullying on campus, Neumann University will host a workshop entitled School Safety: Solutions to Cliques, Truancy and Bullying on March 22 at Franklin Commons in Phoenixville, PA. March 22, 2011.

The program runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with presenter Dale Yeager, a nationally recognized school safety expert, who works with schools and government agencies across the country and overseas on safety issues.

REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS FIND JOBS AT SCHOOLS

By Mary Beth Marklein, USA TODAY

Registered sex offenders are getting jobs in schools as teachers, administrators, volunteers and contractors, despite state laws that prohibit them from contact with children, a government watchdog report says. And school officials in some states enable misconduct to continue by ignoring red flags during hiring or by covering up the firing of sexual offenders, according to the report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress.

The report, obtained by USA TODAY, is based on a review of 15 cases in 11 states over the last decade involving people with histories of sexual misconduct working in public or private schools. Of those, 11 offenders had previously targeted children, and six abused more children in their new positions.

THE STATE OF SCHOOL SAFETY IN AMERICAN SCHOOLS

SCHOOL SAFETY REPORT PAINTS GRIM PICTURE OF SAFETY IN U.S. SUBURBAN AND RURAL SCHOOLS

A new report entitled “The State of School Safety in American Schools” speaks of sexual assault, violent cliques and violent parents as commonplace in the nation’s schools.

The report was developed by the SERAPH Research team of SERAPH.net a group composed of educators and crime researchers. The team used interviews with 1,520 educators, 925 law enforcement officials and numerous scientific studies to create a detailed assessment of problems facing American schools.

SERAPH VP BEGINS WEEKLY EDUCATION COLUMN

Andreas Demidont is the Vice President of Educational Programs and Services of SERAPH a national school safety and management firm.
Demidont is a retired school superintendent who has received national awards for his work as an educator from the U.S. Department of Education.

“I was asked by the editors of the Daily American to write a weekly column from and school administrators perspective”, states Demidont. “I was happy to provide my experience to this critical subject.”

Demidont’s current column, “Education Reforms, the new McCarthyism” is available at http://www.dailyamerican.com/articles/2010/10/27/opinion/columns/column030.txt

SERAPH School Violence and Bullying Survey

Please take the:

https://spreadsheets0.google.com/viewform?formkey=dDV1WFNVT0lRdWNiTHc5VHVhQW5uQXc6MQ

SERAPH School Violence and Bullying Survey

We are conducting a survey about School Violence and Bullying. This has been a serious issue and our team at SERAPH would appreciate if you would share your experience and concerns so we can continue to proactively address this issue.

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GANGS GROW IN SUBURBAN SCHOOLS

GANGS GROW IN SUBURBAN SCHOOLS

The US Department of Justice has released a report that states the growth of criminal gangs is increasing in all socioeconomic areas of the country.

SERAPH who provides school safety consulting to over 20,000 schools in the U.S. has observed a dramatic increase in gang recruitment in suburban schools.

Ron Holvey, Gang Interdiction Special Consultant for SERAPH explains the problem, “School officials have been caught off guard by the rise of gangs in suburban areas. Straight Edge, Juggalos, Crips and Bloods have all been recruiting juveniles in these areas of the country.”

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