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Safety in schools
July 25, 2019
Do metal detectors keep schools safe? Chicago school board wades into debate.
On Wednesday, the school board approved $2.4 million to replace safety equipment, even as they discussed whether the hulking metal devices actually keep students safe.
March 8, 2018
Convened by de Blasio to talk school safety, New York City students tell him his latest solution is misguided
Student after student grilled Mayor Bill de Blasio about metal detectors.
December 5, 2017
Only one school campus has asked to have metal detectors added or removed since New York City created guidelines for requesting changes
Only one principal has asked for a change in how often scanners are used at their school -- a request that was approved -- and none has asked for them to be added.
September 27, 2017
The fatal stabbing in a Bronx classroom was horrific — but also extremely rare
One student has not killed another inside a school for 25 years, officials said.
September 22, 2016
First Person: What my Bronx students think about passing through scanners at school
Key voices have been absent from these conversations about school safety: those of students and teachers. So I asked my students what they thought.
March 16, 2016
Fariña talks changes to metal detector policy, defends classroom breakfast
"You want make sure that when you remove something [like metal detectors] that the school stays as safe," Chancellor Carmen Fariña said.
November 2, 2015
New wave of discipline changes could pave way to reduce number of school metal detectors
The plans continue his administration’s effort to shift the school system away from discipline policies that remove misbehaving students from school.
July 8, 2009
NYCLU: First step to school safety is rejecting metal detectors
Principal William Jusino of Progress High School at the NYCLU press conference. (<em>GothamSchools</em>) Many city schools rely on metal detectors, security guards, and zero-tolerance policies to keep discipline under control. They don't have to, according to a new report about alternate strategies to keep schools safe. The report, produced by the New York Civil Liberties Union and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, highlights six city high schools that stop problems before they start, help students resolve their own disputes, and keep police out of all but the most serious incidents. The schools range in size and how students are admitted, but they all post higher-than-average graduation rates, the report says. "There is no cookie-cutter solution" to replicating the gentler approach to discipline, said NYCLU policy director Udi Ofer at a press conference today. But he said getting rid of metal detectors, currently in place at about 130 city schools, is a good place to start.
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