Missouri’s House Bill 2419 would require cameras into public school classrooms where special education students attend.
Texas did this last year.
Let’s look at pros and cons.
- Non-verbal students parent’s could better understand how a student acquired an injury
- Teachers and staff in the room wouldn’t be accused of hurting a student when the student’s injury was self-inflicted or caused by another student.
- Staff concerns voiced to administration over students who need more supports will be legitimized.
- Attacks by students onto other students will be recorded.
- Promotes the access to a safer environment for those who are the most vulnerable.
- Decreases potential liability of school district.
- Students and staff would be less likely to be maltreated and bullied.
- Costs to purchase and install. I would hope local community groups and PTAs would consider contributing these to our local schools. Perhaps DESE would implement a grant program. Perhaps donations by technology organizations.
- Maintenance. Many districts currently maintain cameras operating on campus.
The bill may be viewed at: http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills161/billpdf/intro/HB2419I.PDF
The status of the bill: http://www.house.mo.gov/BillActions.aspx?bill=HB2419&year=2016&code=R
Locate your state representative telephone number here: http://house.mo.gov/legislatorlookup.aspx