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Handcuff Students Who Disregard the Law, Not Educators

Posted by on May 3, 2010

Bob Rinearson brings unique perspectives as a guest columnist for the News Sentinel newspaper in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  While Bob’s current position is supervisor of safety and student management in the local school district, he also brings a background in working with gangs and the juvenile justice system in his 31 years of working with […]

Tying Educators’ Hands In School Safety Efforts

Posted by on April 6, 2010

Chuck Hibbert is a national school safety consultant (including for my company) and 21-year-veteran school district administrator over school security and school police services for a 15,000 student district in Indiana.  Chuck takes issue with ““Taking Safety Too Far: The Ill-Defined Role Police Play in Schools,” February 24th commentary article in Education Week by authors and civil rights advocates Johanna Wald […]

Anti-School Police Commentary Paints False School Safety Picture

Posted by on March 30, 2010

In ““Taking Safety Too Far: The Ill-Defined Role Police Play in Schools,” a February 24th commentary article in Education Week, authors and civil rights advocates Johanna Wald and Lisa Thurau presented what I believe to be a very skewed misrepresentation of school resource officers (SROs), school police, and administrators.  I responded with a letter to the editor […]

Debunking the “Schoolhouse to Jailhouse” and “Zero Tolerance” Rhetoric – Part 2

Posted by on March 23, 2010

More Perspective on The Civil Rights Attack on School Discipline In my last post entitled, “Debunking the “Schoolhouse to Jailhouse” and “Zero Tolerance” Rhetoric – Part 1,” and the post prior to that entitled, ““Zero Tolerance” Equals “Zero Common Sense”—Plus a Civil Rights Agenda?, I laid out some interesting and questionable examples of attacks on school administrators […]

Debunking the “Schoolhouse to Jailhouse” and “Zero Tolerance” Rhetoric – Part 1

Posted by on March 22, 2010

School Suspensions Under Fire by Civil Rights and Other Advocates  “School Suspensions Lead to Legal Challenge”  was the headline of a New York Times article on March 18, 2010.   The article highlighted a school discipline case headed to the North Carolina Supreme Court which, “…has drawn the attention of civil rights, legal aid and education groups around the […]

“Zero Tolerance” Equals “Zero Common Sense”—Plus a Civil Rights Agenda?

Posted by on March 21, 2010

Zero tolerance has increasingly become a topic of discussion and focus following a number of higher-profile anecdotal cases of questionable judgment in the administration of school discipline and/or arrests by police at schools. I have said that so-called “zero tolerance” has, in too many anecdotal cases, been equated with “zero common sense.”  The vast majority of school […]