Category Archive: School Safety Funding

How President Trump can “Make federal school safety policy great again”: Advice from Ken Trump to President Donald Trump

Posted by on January 20, 2017

President Donald J. Trump takes office today as the 45th President of the United States.  As he and his nominated Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, begin working to “Make America Great Again,” they also have the opportunity to “Make Federal School Safety Policy Great Again.” Obama, Congress eliminated critical school safety programs prior to the […]

School terrorism preparedness: After the ISIS attack in Paris, is the U.S. the next target?

Posted by on November 16, 2015

If terrorists want to strike at the heart of America, they will strike at its children. I made that comment before and after the 9/11 attacks on United States. This past weekend’s ISIS attacks in Paris, France, are a tragic reminder that this comment still applies now, if not more than ever, here in America […]

School bomb threats: Are principals putting students at-risk?

Posted by on November 3, 2013

School administrators appear to be evacuating and closing schools more often in response to bomb threats, but such actions are not always consistent with best practices for bomb threat response. Moving students away from the school and sending them home often meets the emotional security needs of some educators and parents. But doing so could […]

Hijacking school safety: Politicians, gun control, NRA, & civil rights activists show no shame

Posted by on March 28, 2013

Gun control activists, the National Rifle Association (NRA), civil rights special interest groups, and politicians have hijacked school safety to advance their own political agendas. Meanwhile, little is being done to help principals, teachers, and first responders improve school security on the front lines in education. A closer look reveals individuals and organizations with little-to-no […]

Obama school safety plan falls short; Real target is gun control

Posted by on January 16, 2013

President Obama’s plan in response to the Sandy Hook shootings is heavy on gun control and short on funding for school safety, security, and emergency preparedness. While the Obama Administration, DC politicians, special interest groups, and many media outlets have framed the President’s plan as a “school safety plan,” only three of the 15 pages in […]

Feds fail after Sandy Hook; Security expert says restore cuts, add school safety academies

Posted by on January 14, 2013

  School security expert says federal leaders failed to provide meaningful steps to improve school security after Sandy Hook Trump calls for restoring cut federal programs, new state school safety academies [CLEVELAND] Elected officials have failed to provide meaningful legislation, funding, and resources to help school administrators better secure their schools and prepare for mass […]

Obama, Congress eliminated critical school safety funding prior to Sandy Hook shooting

Posted by on December 27, 2012

Federal funding for school safety, security, school policing, and emergency / crisis preparedness was chipped away and eventually eliminated from the federal budget by President Obama and Congress during the four years prior to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that resulted in the deaths of 20 children and six adults. While no one can […]

Lawyers, media talk school safety even when educators don’t

Posted by on April 2, 2012

School officials may be talking less about school safety today, but lawyers and the media certainly are not silent on the topic. Many school security directors, school police chiefs and school safety consultants will tell you (at least privately) that getting school boards, administrators and staff to consistently focus proactively on school safety is increasingly […]

Simultaneous active shooter drills test school, police preparedness

Posted by on March 26, 2012

Many school crisis plans are on paper and sitting on shelves. Some schools and police conduct tabletop exercises to take plans closer to reality. Last Friday, schools and police in the Greater Cleveland area put their plans to the full blown test in simultaneous active shooter drills in multiple suburban communities. The Brecksville-Broadview Heights School District, Brecksville and […]

2011: The year professional school safety public policy died

Posted by on January 1, 2012

Anything remotely close to comprehensive and balanced federal school safety public policy and funding died in 2011.  Minus a handful of exceptions, if that many, the same can be said for state level school safety efforts.  And far too many local school districts are not far behind. The U.S. Department of Education, academic experts and school […]