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How Best to Secure U.S. Schools

ORIGINAL POST: https://www.usnews.com/news/education-news/articles/2018-03-08/from-benton-to-baltimore-protecting-americas-students — The cases present largely the same way: A troubled white male with a gun gains entry to a school in a leafy green suburb of a small, majority-white, middle- or upper-class community known for being safe and having a good education system. They’re places like Benton, Kentucky; Rockford, Washington; and, most

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Educating Leaders on Hardening Schools

The recent release of the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card is notable – not simply because it gave U.S. public schools a D+ grade on their overall condition, but due to its failure to address upgrades needed to the security infrastructure, security technology, and life safety systems of schools. As the new administration and Congress consider

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Classroom Barricade Devices: A Dangerous Violation of Federal Laws

Most classroom barricade devices violate ADA, NFPA and other federal codes that are designed to enable individuals with disabilities to quickly evacuate a dangerous situation. Some State Codes Violate Federal Law Although the building and fire code community has clearly ruled that these barricade devices do not meet the necessary egress and fire safety requirements,

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Another school shooting: Are we numb to it?

LISA MARIE PANE, Associated Press – ATLANTA (AP) – The shooting of more than a dozen students at a Kentucky high school might have been expected to shock the nation, but Americans seem numbed by the apparent frequency of school shootings since 20 children and six adults were killed at a Connecticut elementary school in

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