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1/27/2014

1/27/2014

A bill that allow peace officers to carry weapons in schools and make school boards keep secret the names of employees they designate as people who can carry guns cleared the Ohio House this week.

1/27/2014

Billings elementary schools are close to getting their layer of electronic protection.

10/9/2013

10/9/2013

Education officials in the nation's second-largest school district are working to reboot a $1 billion plan to put an iPad in the hands of each of their 650,000 students after an embarrassing glitch emerged when the first round of tablets went out. Instead of solving math problems or doing English homework, more than 300 Los Angeles USD students promptly cracked the security settings and started tweeting, posting to Facebook, and playing video games.

10/9/2013

Within weeks, nearly 2,000 students boarding buses in the Folsom Cordova Unified School District will be able to swipe a card over a bar-code reader that is linked to GPS tracking. Each swipe will tell the school district – and, ultimately, inquiring parents – where and when a child got on or off the school bus.

10/3/2013

10/3/2013

The move by Gainesville City Schools – a small system near Georgia’s Lake Lanier, in the Appalachian foothills – is a direct result of last year’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where 20 children and six staff members died at the hands of a troubled and heavily armed young man who broke into the school and began shooting.

9/30/2013

9/30/2013

The slim, black 9-millimeter handguns that the school superintendent David Hopkins selected for his teachers here weigh about a pound and slip easily into a pocket. Sixteen people, including the janitor and a kindergarten teacher, wear them to school every day.

9/27/2013

9/27/2013

The remote fob can be conveniently worn around the neck or on the wrist so that it is immediately accessible by teachers and staff. Like many other lockdown solutions from Ingersoll Rand, the Schlage CO-220 Standalone classroom security lock provides visual lockdown indication from inside the classroom. When the remote fob is pressed a red flashing light on the inside of the CO-220 lock indicates the lock is secure.

9/25/2013

9/25/2013

In a grim reminder that mass shootings have become a fact of life in America, school districts across the USA this fall are opting for more locked doors, more visitor check-ins and more surveillance equipment.

9/20/2013

9/20/2013

In an effort to better shield classrooms from convicted felons, Kansas is moving toward requiring certain educators to submit fingerprints when renewing their teacher licenses so they can be checked against a state criminal database.

9/19/2013

9/19/2013

Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon said he expects the firm will provide an interim report earlier, which would detail what could be done quickly to meet any immediate security issues.

9/12/2013

9/12/2013

After initially voting to revoke two districts' licenses classifying them as private security firms, the Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies decided to allow the schools to keep them for two more years. The panel had voted to suspend the schools' licenses last month after Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said they shouldn't have been issued to the schools.

9/9/2013

9/9/2013

Under the new law, newly-hired employees must undergo fingerprint-based checks of state and national criminal records databases. Current employees will have to undergo national background checks before the start of the 2016-2017 academic year.

9/4/2013

9/4/2013

Researchers investigating the use of iris recognition for biometric identification, which has been tested in some school cafeterias, have concluded that aging doesn't affect distinguishing characteristics of the average person's iris for almost a decade.

9/4/2013

As the first new school year begins since 20 elementary-school children and six staff members were shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last December, security concerns are testing school officials throughout the nation like never before.

8/29/2013

8/29/2013

If visitors pass muster, secretaries will open a second buzzer door to the main building. The district expects Bellefonte and Pleasant Gap elementary schools, the last two schools retrofitted, to be ready by the first day of school on Tuesday.

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