10/22/2009 - The Pakistani government has closed the country's schools to protect educational institutions after twin suicide bombings ripped through the International Islamic University (IIU) earlier this week.
10/06/2009 - The head of Chicago's public school system, Ron Huberman, is hoping data analysis can do what traditional security policies could not: protect those students most at risk of becoming victims of violent crime and then flood them with adult supervision, reports The New York Times.
09/29/2009 - School districts in the Philadelphia area are installing a visitor tracking software solution to screen out sex offenders and other undesireables to prevent them from gaining access to their school buildings' hallways and classrooms, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer.
08/28/2009 - The head of security at Delaware State University, in Dover, Delaware, discusses how his school activated its crisis management plan when a shooting occurred and some of the lessons learned.
04/28/2009 - A school board’s random drug testing policy is unconstitutional, ruled a federal district court. The court found that the school board’s rationalization—that employees held safety-sensitive jobs and that drug use among workers was increasing—was insufficient to justify the policy.
03/24/2009 - A bill (H.B. 2031) introduced in the Arizona House of Representatives would require that third-party contractors, subcontractors, and vendors working in public schools submit to background screening and a federal fingerprint check before being allowed to work on school property. Those who pass the background screening would be required to carry a fingerprint clearance card while on school grounds.