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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

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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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FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS PARTNERS WITH SERAPH

The Florida Association of School Administrators announced today a partnership with SERAPH a school safety and educational management firm located in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.

The partnership was sought by FASA to bring problem solving and training continuity to its members.

“SERAPH is the premier educational management organization in North America. They have the proven solutions that our members need to protect students and staff. Their proactive programs directly affect a schools’ ability to reach educational goals.” states Executive Director Jim Warford.

5 Legal Liability Issues for Schools

Resources for Attorneys

The TASA Group Presents:

School Safety: Five High Liability Issues for Public Schools

On November 18, 2009, The TASA Group, Inc., in conjunction with school security experts Dale Yeager and Andy Demidont, presented a one-house, interactive webinar for attorneys involved with public schools. The webinar will cover five key issues related to safety and security problems in elementary, middle and high schools:

  • Lack of Accurate Understanding of Safety Issues: Planning Without Assessment, Guessing Is Not Planning.
  • Reaction and Prediction
  • Poor Management of Schools: The Real Issue in School Safety.