security

School Safety Commission recommends cybersecurity training, confidential tip line

BY: - September 6, 2022

The Arkansas School Safety Commission addressed cybersecurity concerns during its meeting Tuesday, approving a recommendation that would require anyone who uses district-issued digital devices to receive annual cybersecurity awareness training. The commission plans to release a final report on its recommendations to the governor by Oct. 1. While school safety is often focused on physical […]

Election officials can’t access federal funds for security as violent threats mount

BY: - August 22, 2022

Colorado’s election officials, like so many across the country, faced a surge of violent threats after the 2020 election.  Federal authorities are prosecuting a man who pled guilty to threatening a Colorado election official on Instagram, where he wrote: “Do you feel safe? You shouldn’t.” And Colorado police arrested a man accused of calling Secretary […]

School safety panel proposes hardening schools, improving mental health response

BY: - August 17, 2022

The Arkansas School Safety Commission adopted a dozen recommendations Tuesday aimed at hardening schools against intrusion and making sure staff and teachers are trained to respond not only to physical threats but also to students in mental distress. Commissioners voted to recommend that school campuses “should always have armed personnel when staff and students are […]

$50M set aside for school security grant program

BY: - August 16, 2022

Arkansas legislators last week set aside $50 million for a school-safety grant program for which the rules have yet to be written. At least one legislator said the size of the grant program could grow during next year’s General Assembly. “I don’t think $50 million is the final price tag,” Rep. Lane Jean, co-chair of […]

COMMENTARY

To prevent shootings, teachers need to be armed with information, not guns

BY: - August 16, 2022

By Matthew T. Mangino Schools do not need more resource officers, armed guards or for that matter armed teachers. Schools need to become adept at gathering information, sharing intelligence and, most importantly, making sense of what they learn. In Uvalde, Texas, we’ve learned far too well that good guys — many good guys — with […]