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Rise & Shine: Inside the $3B school safety industry

New York City might have turned off the speed cameras designed to keep children safe outside schools, but across the country the trend is going another direction.

In the last decade, schools have ramped up video surveillance at schools and purchased billions of dollars in other safety services, all marketed to them by an aggressive school safety industry.

There's little evidence to suggest that the spending spree is making students safer, but the industry is thriving as schools and families respond to high-profile school shootings. This morning, we're sharing a deep-dive into the school safety business, as well as an important research finding about the impact of school vouchers. Read on, and have a great weekend.

— Philissa Cramer, managing editor


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WHAT DOESN’T WORK A new study concluded that students who used school vouchers in Indiana saw their test scores fall — without a later rebound that a first draft had found. Chalkbeat

SAFETY BUSINESS School shootings have contributed to a $3 billion industry of safety products marketed aggressively to fearful educators and parents. The 74

SURVEY SAYS Sixty percent of students in Queens’ District 29 reported frequent fighting at their schools on the education department’s survey, the highest in the city. New York Post

NO DECISION The city education department closed 338 sexual harassment investigations in the last three years — but came to no conclusion in 95 percent of them. N.Y. Daily News

BACK TO SCHOOL The Millennium High School graduate who had thought college was off the table because of his cerebral palsy will go to SUNY Purchase after the school gave his caretaker a dorm room. New York Post