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When high school students — either college bound or those preparing for state-mandated exit exams — require an academic refresher, teachers are challenged to find time, not to mention the tools, to provide the just-in-time assistance most students need.

When Roxie Shaw from MOREnet--the state network that services every school district in Missouri--first warned colleagues about "spyware" that gets installed on computers as users travel the Internet, she appended a list of confirmed sources including sites used commonly in schools. Countless privacy-invading programs are downloaded without user knowledge or approval, and most educators have no idea that their own computers are watching them.

Our schools are in the midst of a mass panic not seen since the swine flu epidemic--standardized testing. We are swept up in a wave of "the tests are important," "parents demand accountability," and "they make us do it." This uncritical groupthink will destroy public education unless we wake up, form alliances and tell the public the truth.

Administrators in the Metropolitan School District in Wayne Township, Ind., had a clear idea of what they wanted to accomplish when they renovated Ben Davis High School last year. In addition to adding 250,000-square-feet of space to the nearly 40-year-old school, they wanted to make the high school "clearly" safer.

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Axis IP-Surveillance, $1,240 for Axis 2420

These surveillance products can connect to your district's existing analog cameras, digitize the photos they take, and then send those images to the IP network. The network DVR records from up to four locally connected analog cameras, and users can access the cameras remotely. The products include cameras, video servers, DVRs, serial servers and surveillance software.

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The Communicator

In New York City, everything is grand, even the plan "Operation Safe Schools" for addressing discipline problems among students.

When parents of students at New Egypt Elementary School in Plumsted Township, N.J., need to pick up their child for a doctor's appointment during the school day, many pause at the front door. They are prompted by a gentle, computerized voice and gaze upward into what may be the future of school security technology.


Ax Falls on Misreported Disciplinary Data

It could happen to you. That’s the lesson in recent news out of Gwinnett County, Ga., where the school system was recently busted for omitting more than a few serious disciplinary infractions from a statemandated report.

Randolph Nichols has been showing up at Chesapeake School District for 44 years, first as a high school teacher and track coach and now as superintendent. As school board chairman Barbara Head says, the now 66-year-old Nichols “could stay home and read his paper every day.”