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State Legislation: Alabama: Employment

- A new Alabama law (formerly H.B. 37) will allow the state superintendent of education to revoke the teaching certificate of any teacher convicted of felony sex offenses or sexual abuse of a child. Under the law, if such a conviction is overturned, the certificate will be reinstated and the local board of education may choose to return the teacher to his or her previous position. Even if the teacher is not rehired, he or she will receive back pay and benefits.

Student Violence

- More than a quarter of the staff at schools and colleges have to deal with physical violence from students, according to a survey by the Association for Teachers and Lecturers in the United Kingdom. Read the full report for more findings.

Crime Reporting and Response

- A look at how the responsibilities schools have for reporting and responding to criminal incidents on campus are evolving.

Spreading the Word

- A public address system helps a college get detailed information directly to students during a crisis.

U.S. Congressional Legislation: Fire Safety

- A bill (H.R. 4908) introduced by Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) would provide grants that colleges and universities could use to improve fire-safety programs. The grants, which could be for amounts up to $250,000, would be awarded to fund programs to increase fire safety awareness among college and university students, including those living in off-campus housing. The grants would fund a program for up to two years and would have to be matched by an investment of at least 25 percent of the total grant amount.

Employment

- A federal appeals court has ruled that a school district did not violate the law when it failed to mention that a school teacher had sexually harassed his students. The district was not liable for the actions of that teacher, who went on to harass students at another school.

Privacy

- A Pennsylvania couple has filed a class-action lawsuit against the Lower Merion School District on behalf of their teenage son and all other district high school students. According to the complaint, the school district spied on their son and other students using a two-way Webcam that was incorporated into school-issued laptops.

Schooled in Preparedness

- A federal grant allowed the East Aurora (Illinois) School District to create and implement a top-notch all-hazards emergency management plan.

Senate Hearing Weighs Closing Video Surveillance Loophole

- Lawmakers examined whether a decades-old wiretapping statute needs revision in light of a suburban Philadelphia high school that allegedly used a webcam to spy on a student.

School Police Officers Allegedly Beat High School Student for Being Late

- Outraged parents and a national civil rights organization are demanding an investigation into allegations made by a Philadelphia high school junior that two school police officers beat him for being late to school, according to

Revised VT Report Exposes New Details of Shooting

- A newly revised version of Virginia's official report on the Virginia Tech massacre provides new details on how police and university officials responded to the initial discovery of the first two shooting victims, reports The New York Times.

Security Guards Protect Against Teen Suicide at Railroad Crossing

- A rash of teen suicides has led the Palo Alto Police Department to hire private security to patrol a train crossing where the suicides occurred reports The San Jose Mercury News.

State Legislation: North Carolina: School Security

- A new North Carolina law (formerly A.B. 1327) would allow law enforcement agencies to communicate intelligence about criminal activity to school systems if the activity presents imminent danger to the life of a student or employee of the school.
 




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