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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 […]

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 […]

House Proposes Cuts to 2011 School Emergency Planning Grants

Posted by on February 27, 2011

First the Obama Administration proposed eliminating K-12 school emergency planning grants from the 2012 federal budget.  Now, it appears the House Appropriations Committee is calling to eliminate the funds from this year’s 2011 budget! In a Friday press release on $4 billion in spending cuts as a part of a proposed short term government funding Continuing […]

Obama Eliminates Emergency Planning Grants for Local Schools

Posted by on February 25, 2011

Federal funding for local school emergency planning grants has been eliminated in President Obama’s FY2012 proposed budget. Kevin Jennings, Obama’s Assistant Deputy Secretary for Safe and Drug Free Schools, confirmed the elimination of the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) grant program via email on Thursday.  Jennings has yet to respond to my follow-up […]

Translating Education Department Spin on School Safety Budget Cuts

Posted by on August 18, 2010

Only the U.S. Department of Education can issue a report documenting the severe impact of school safety budget cuts, and then later try to minimize or dismiss its significance by saying, “Crime in schools has been declining since 1992,” and “Having no money should not be an excuse to do nothing.” “The elimination of several […]

The U.S. Department of Bullying?

Posted by on August 9, 2010

There is a clear and intentional change in focus for federal school safety funding and policy by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools as presented in its proposed blueprint and budget for Fiscal Year 2011.  The bulk of funding from that office (over $400 million) is proposed to go toward a skewed emphasis on […]

The Only Way Anti-Bullying Laws and Programs Can Succeed

Posted by on June 8, 2010

Everyone has jumped on the “bullying bandwagon.”  People in education, state legislatures, Congress, the media, and elsewhere  love to focus on a single, hot topic issue and then a single, trendy attempt at a response. The education profession is also notorious for fads (or what I call “edu-fads”), such as the current fad of firing teachers and principals in […]

Is School Safety at the Education Funding Cliff? Part Two

Posted by on February 10, 2010

Yesterday’s “Education Funding Cliff” post  focused on school safety as one of the top areas typically hit by school district budget cuts. Today, let’s take a look at what schools can and cannot afford to do with school safety during tight financial times. School Safety Budget Cut “Do” and “Do Not” Tips There will be […]

Is School Safety at the Education Funding Cliff? Part One

Posted by on February 9, 2010

Sunday’s New York Times story entitled, “With Federal Stimulus Money Gone, Many Schools Face Budget Gaps,” looks at the budget gaps expected to be created when the federal stimulus education money has been spent by local districts.  Educators refer to it as approaching the “funding cliff.” The Times story references new studies showing many states will spend most, […]