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    Quicklund, Wee Mama, Simplify, merrywidow

    The best security guards for schools are NYPD officers in uniform. Period.

    A lot of the services currently provided by Access-A-Ride providers could be done much more efficiently by livery cabs. Those of us who live in the Outer Boroughs not served by Yellow Cabs know how important they are. Many Access-A-Ride vehicles are sedans anyway.

    And there is nothing wrong with getting mobile phone service on subway platforms -- some systems have it available in the tunnels themselves!

    The rest of the platform, however, might as well be Scott Walker. Some Progressive.

    •  why stop there - station NYPD_ESU in each school (2+ / 0-)
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      since they already use the penal(sic) term "lockdown" for schools

      Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

      by annieli on Wed Jul 24, 2013 at 09:21:25 AM PDT

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    •  I actually do not believe that police are good (31+ / 0-)

      security for schools. The Atlantic had a very interesting article about a school that decided to ramp down security and the conditions improved tremendously.

      ...Situated in the Kensington section of the city, it drew students from the heart of a desperately poor hub of injection drug users and street level prostitution where gun violence rates are off the charts. But rather than beef up the already heavy security to ensure safety and restore order, American Paradigm stripped it away. During renovations, they removed the metal detectors and barred windows.

      The police predicted chaos. But instead, new numbers seem to show that in a single year, the number of serious incidents fell by 90%.

      The school says it wasn't just the humanizing physical makeover of the facility that helped. Memphis Street Academy also credits the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP), a noncoercive, nonviolent conflict resolution regimen originally used in prison settings that was later adapted to violent schools. AVP, when tailored to school settings, emphasizes student empowerment, relationship building and anger management over institutional control and surveillance. There are no aggressive security guards in schools using the AVP model; instead they have engagement coaches, who provide support, encouragement, and a sense of safety.

      "Pulling together is the aim of despotism and tyranny. Free men pull in all kinds of directions.” --Lord Vetinari

      by voracious on Wed Jul 24, 2013 at 10:03:02 AM PDT

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