July 23, 2018, Framingham, MA, Campus Safety: More Districts Approve Security Budgets as New School Year Approaches https://www.campussafetymagazine.com/safety/school-security-budgets / School security publication … The Orange County School District announced Friday that in addition to millions provided by the state, it plans to spend $11.6 million of its own money on school security, reports WFTV. The school board met last week in a confidential session to discuss security. Outside consultants were also brought in to conduct an assessment of the district’s security and made recommendations, although details have not been released. The district is also in the process of hiring more than 50 new mental health workers for its schools. “We have 12 new district mental health counselors. We’ll be hiring nine more psychologists, five more social workers,” said Mary Bridges, the district’s director of student services. Additionally, the district is currently negotiating with law enforcement agencies to place at least one resource officer in each of its schools. ... Last week, Elizabethtown Independent Schools in Kentucky approved more than $35,000 for new surveillance cameras, according to WDRB…. Also in Kentucky, the Fayette County School Board unanimously voted in favor of a proposal that would implement a property tax increase to pay for security upgrades at its Lexington schools….
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Children today are noticeably different from previous generations, and the proof is in the news coverage we see every day. This site shows you what’s happening in schools around the world. Children are increasingly disabled and chronically ill, and the education system has to accommodate them. Things we've long associated with autism, like sensory issues, repetitive behaviors, anxiety and lack of social skills, are now problems affecting mainstream students. Blame is predictably placed on bad parenting (otherwise known as trauma from home).
Addressing mental health needs is as important as academics for modern educators. This is an unrecognized disaster. The stories here are about children who can’t learn or behave like children have always been expected to. What childhood has become is a chilling portent for the future of mankind.
Anne Dachel, Media editor, Age of Autism
(John Dachel, Tech. assist.)
What will happen in another 4 years? How can we go on like this? This is a national (and international) problem of monumental proportions. We have an entire new class of children who cannot be accommodated by the system: many are manifestly neurologically impaired. Meanwhile, the government and the medical profession sleep on regardless.
UK media editor, Age of Autism
The generation of American children born after 1990 are arguably the sickest generation in the history of our country.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
It seemed to me that with rising autism prevalence, you’d also see rising autism costs to society, and it turns out, the costs are catastrophic.
They calculated that in 2015 autism cost the United States $268 billion and they projected that if autism continues at its current rate, we’re looking at one trillion dollars a year in autism costs by 2025, so within five years.
Toby Rogers, PhD, Political economist
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