News & Trends: International
12/04/2007 - The question was recently asked by the World Health Organization to determine the extent to which youth violence is a normal aspect of human development and the extent to which it is influenced by culture. As to how often they got into scrapes with other adolescents, the teenagers from the United States, Ireland, Israel, Portugal, and Sweden had basically the same rates. But the prevalence of school bullying in the five countries varied greatly. SM Online has a summary of the study.
12/04/2007 - This book provides extensive documented detail on who is bullied and how it occurs. The editors validate the perception that bullying is most likely to happen to students making the transition from elementary to middle school and from middle school to high school. They also dispel the perception that the bully is a social misfit; he or she is typically popular. Also explored is how bullying varies by gender, race, and ethnic background. Such detail, as well as an abundance of source material, makes this book very interesting reading.
Legal Report: Legislation
12/03/2007 - A bill (H.R. 4313) introduced by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) would authorize $75 million in grants to be allocated to public schools to establish programs to stop harassment based on an individual's actual or perceived race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender, family composition, or economic circumstances.
Schools: Physical Security
11/29/2007 - Find out how the Newark, New Jersey, School District protects students, staff, and visitors at its 82 schools.
News & Trends: Contingency Planning \ Disaster Management
News & Trends: Government Reports (GAO etc.)
11/27/2007 - Yes, there really is a company operating on the Internet as Degrees-R-Us, and GAO auditors purchased bogus degrees from a fictitious university from the company, according to Robert J. Cramer, who testified before the House Subcommittee on 21st Century Competitiveness, Committee on Education and the Workforce. The GAO also set up its own diploma mill and was able to obtain certification from the Department of Education to enroll in the Federal Family Education Loan Program. Finally, GAO auditors determined that some senior-level federal employees have obtained degrees from diploma mills, though specific numbers couldn't be determined.
News & Trends: Substance Abuse
11/16/2007 - A June 2002 opinion by the Supreme Court granted public schools more leeway to test students for drugs randomly. How to do it appropriately was left to the schools. To aid the effort, the White House's Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) has finally released a guidance document to school administrators.
Case Study: Best Practices \ Case Studies
11/13/2007 - A Long Island school system updates access control lock, stock, and barrel.
News & Trends: Crime
11/13/2007 - Forget the Mayberry stereotype. The latest data show that the percentage of students at rural schools that reported being bullied in 2003 (10 percent) was greater than at urban and suburban schools (seven percent each). And that difference has doubled since 1999, according to the 2004 edition of Indicators of School Crime and Safety, a publication of the National Center for Education Statistics and the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Legal Report: Legal Issues
News & Trends: Training
11/08/2007 - Prevention instead of response has seen only limited use on campuses. Fifty-six percent of the 90 college and university security directors surveyed by FJC Security Services Inc. characterize their campus security in regard to terrorism as "response mode." Yet 83 percent said that their security officers had received training "specific to preventing, deterring, and responding" to acts of terrorism.
News & Trends: Crime
11/07/2007 - Contending with bad breath and nervous patients, dentists and hygienists have plenty of challenges. One university is also training them to stop abuse by reporting broken jaws and suspiciously chipped teeth—signs of family violence. Because 60 percent of abuse cases involve head and neck injuries, which dental professionals are uniquely suited to identify, the University of Minnesota’s School of Dentistry and the Program Against Sexual Violence created a training program to deal with patients affected by family violence. The program discusses the dynamics of abuse, teaches dental students and professionals how to intervene in and report violence, and shows how to identify community service providers and establish office protocols.A report by the Justice Department’s Office for Victims of Crime indicates that the training “made a significant, positive impact in teaching dental professionals how to identify and report cases of abuse.” The report urges that this training be integrated into dental schools, dental hygiene programs, and dental associations. Read it on SM Online.