Fairfax County School Board Approves School Resource Officer MOU

The Fairfax County School Board, the tenth largest school district in the nation, approved a new school resource officer Memorandum of Understanding.  Highlights from the Fairfax Schools website:

The revised MOU includes the following changes to the previous agreement:

Establishes a clear division between the role of the SRO in criminal matters and FCPS administrative staff on student discipline matters.
Clarifies that SROs are not involved in determining student discipline under the FCPS Student Rights and Responsibilities regulation.
Establishes that SROs shall not be involved with the enforcement of school rules or disciplinary infractions that are not violations of law.
Removes “stop and frisk” from the MOU.
Adds SRO training focused on implicit bias, disability awareness, crisis intervention training, restorative justice techniques, and cultural competency.

“For Sale: Survey Data on Millions of High School Students” via New York Times

The New York Times ran this article about invitations that high school students received to attend an event called the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders. Many students received this invitation because they filled out a school-provided survey that the students believed would help them get scholarships for college.

  • Should states require schools to have opt-in or opt-out options for such surveys? What are the benefits of each?
  • Who should have to provide the opt-in/out, students or parents? What benefit is there to allowing students to choose to opt-in/out as opposed to parents? What concerns?