Wednesday, July 19, 2006

DCPS security? Still bad.

We've long covered the soap opera that is security at DCPS facilities and according to the latest article in the Times things haven't gotten any better.
"It's kind of ridiculous to walk in at 4:30 [p.m.] and see everything wide open," Cathy Reilly, director of the Senior High Alliance of Parents, Principals and Educators, testified Friday during a D.C. Council hearing on school security. "There's nobody there."

Marlene Berlin, a member of Wilson High School's local restructuring team, said the transition of security from the school system to the police department "has not gone very well, frankly."

Security officers "flow in and out of the school" without the principal being notified, and some officers refuse to deploy under the principal's orders, said Miss Berlin, who was testifying on behalf of Principal Stephen P. Tarason.

"Teachers are concerned about the level of fraternization between security officers and students," she said.

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