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Thursday, March 03, 2005

Police state. From Salon's War Room on Shrub's plans for schools:
President Bush's main solution to school violence has been to install more guards at dangerous school entrances. A report produced in February by the Democratic members of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce takes Bush's proposed FY 2006 budget to task for eliminating all funding for the Safe and Drug Free Schools program, which was designed to combat violence and underage drug use. The budget also freezes funding for the main federal afterschool program, effectively preventing 1.7 million children from taking part.
The thing is, school violence has been on a downward trend since 1992. Fewer students have been victims of violent crimes, and more students report feeling safe at school. Simply adding more guards while cutting funding for after school programs is not the best way to further reduce the level of violence. Especially since kids are far more likely to be victimized away from school than at school.

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