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May 21, 2015

Use of School Shooter Drills Has Increased Significantly Since Newtown Shootings

The first new federal data on many school safety measures since the 2012 shootings in Newtown, Conn., show increases in use of active shooter drills, anonymous threat reporting systems, and security cameras in schools.

May 08, 2015

Common Sense Media Evaluating Privacy Policies of Ed-Tech Products

Common Sense Media is working with over 20 districts to establish a rating system for the privacy policies and security of ed-tech products.

May 07, 2015

Common Sense Media to Release Privacy Ratings for Ed-Tech Products

Working with school districts, Common Sense Media is developing a rubric to evaluate ed-tech products' compliance with relevant privacy and security laws and practices.

November 03, 2014

District's Social Media Monitoring Led to Expulsions of Mostly Black Students

A former FBI agent scoured students' social media posts as part of a greater school security effort, a report by AL.com says.

September 19, 2014

San Diego School District to Return Armored Vehicle to Defense Department

San Diego's decision follows an announcement by the Los Angeles school police department that it will return three grenade launchers it also received through the 1033 military surplus program.

July 15, 2014

Armed Teachers 'Will Not Make Schools Safer,' Mo. Governor Says In Veto

Gov. Jay Nixon calls mechanism for arming teachers "simply the wrong approach."

June 12, 2014

Audio Recording on School Buses Prompts Debate Over Security vs. Student Privacy

Gov. Tom Corbett signed legislation in February allowing audio recording for "disciplinary and security purposes" in Pennsylvania school buses.

June 10, 2014

Schools Make Progress on Safety, Report Says

Over a multi-year period, nonfatal incidents decreased, and fewer students reported being afraid of attack or harm at school.

May 14, 2014

Vendors Tout Single Sign-On Technology to Schools Awash in Software

As schools use more educational software in the classroom, vendors are offering technology that attempts to streamline the student log-in process and eliminate wasted instructional time.

May 06, 2014

'Pop-Tart Guns' Now Permitted in Florida Schools, Actual Guns Still Banned

The "Pop-Tart bill" passed by the legislature restricts some use of zero-tolerance policies. A bill that would have allowed some people to carry guns in schools failed to pass.

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