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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 […]

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, 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 […]

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 […]

Senate Seals Coffin on Federal School Emergency Plan Grants

Posted by on March 3, 2011

The only federal grant program dedicated for K-12 school emergency preparedness planning was eliminated Wednesday when the U.S. Senate approved the Continuing Resolution (CR) with $4 billion in cuts which orginated in the House of Representatives. The Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) grant program was housed under the line item entitled, “Safe Schools and […]

Congress & School Boards Beef Up Their Security, But Not For Kids

Posted by on January 13, 2011

Shoot a kid in school, and school safety budgets get cut.  But when the shooting is at school board members or elected officials, one of the first discussions is the need for greater security measures. I have watched closely the reactions to December’s shooting at school board members in a Florida school district and now […]

2011: New Opportunities for School Safety, Security & Preparedness

Posted by on January 1, 2011

“Good Riddance 2010” was a common theme among people I talked with the past few weeks.  So what does that mean for 2011? Good Riddance 2010; A New Mindset for 2011? Education budget cuts, family financial hardships, and individual stressors brought anxiety to so many educators, safety professionals, friends, and acquaintances this past year. Few […]

Congress, The Nation’s Biggest Bullies: Fix Your Own Incivility

Posted by on November 28, 2010

“Search for civility grows in Washington after midterms,” a recent U.S.A. Today headline reads.  On the surface, the article appropriately details the polarized, hostile, and personally-attacking nature of today’s D.C. politics.  But having testified four times to Congress on school safety, and getting a closer view of the behind-the-scenes nature of American politics, I particularly […]

My Congressional Testimony vs. Stephen Colbert’s Performance

Posted by on September 27, 2010

Legislation, sausage, and the news are three things you never want to see being made.  Of the three, I think legislation is the ugliest with the least predictable (and sometimes least meaningful) outcome. I have had the opportunity to testify on school safety issues four times before our nation’s Congress: House Education and Labor Committee […]

Congress, Obama, and School Safety

Posted by on January 18, 2010

Will the Obama Administration and Congress continue the decade-long cuts to school safety funding in 2011, or will they reverse the downward decline? Federal School Safety Funding:  Past and Present Last Friday, an American Association of School Administrators (AASA) bulletin section entitled, “Obama Budget to Shrink Number of Education Programs,” advised members: “According to our sources, the […]