Special Education Classrooms in Texas Could Require Security Cameras
- By Ginger Hill
- May 09, 2013
With the recent school tragedies constantly being alluded to, it seems that school security is focused on protecting children from the dangers of the outside world. But, what about protecting children within the walls of their classroom, behind closed doors? It’s sad to say, but no one can be trusted anymore.
The Lone Star State is not taking student safety lightly. State Sen. Dan Patrick of Texas is currently sponsoring a bill that would require schools to install and maintain cameras in all public special education classrooms. If the bill is passed, however, the Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education has some concerns about the costs of the security cameras since school district budgets across the state are already tight.
According to the Legislative Budget Board, approximately 73,375 special education students would be affected, and if one camera was used to provide coverage of 5 students, a minimum of 14,675 cameras would be required to make the installation statewide. This could end up costing around $2.2 million plus the cost for installation and security camera maintenance.
But, to several Texas parents of special education students, this may be the answer to ensuring their son or daughter receives a quality education, free from harm.
Sources: Fox News and http://www.wfaa.com/news/education/Texas-considers-requiring-cameras-in-special-ed-classes-206368581.html
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