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Research & Presentations

​Interesting Reads and Presentations: School Safety and Education Policy

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What should I ask?

  • Does our district use school resource officers or some other form of security (such as private security)?

  • Are the school resource officers or private security firms paid from local, state, or federal funds?

  • Where can I find the financial records for school resource officers or private security?

  • What are the criteria for becoming a school resource officer?

  • What training is required for school resource officers (or school security officers)?

  • Do the school resource officers have to undergo mental health, stress, or improper conduct screenings?

  • What are the protocols for making arrests?

  • Where can I find data on how many school-based arrests were made over the past 3 years?

  • How are school resource officers or school security officers evaluated?

  • Do we have a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on file that describes the roles and responsibilities of school resource officers (or private security)?

  • Where can I find the MOU?

  • How often is the MOU updated?

  • Is there a public comment period or process used when developing the MOUs?

  • Do we administer school climate surveys or develop reports that discuss school safety?


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Kenneth Alonzo Anderson, Ph.D.


Anderson aims to provide useful research and resources for policymakers, families, school and district leaders, and other stakeholders to transform schools into safe and rigorous learning environments.


Kenneth Alonzo Anderson is Associate Provost of Undergraduate Studies and Professor of Education. Informed by his experiences as a middle school teacher, Anderson’s primary research interests include using large-scale statistical techniques to examine school improvement policies and practices that lead to equitable outcomes for Black and underrepresented students. Anderson has examined school safety, climate, and discipline issues for almost 15 years. Working through the U.S. Department of Education’s Regional Education Laboratory program, Anderson served as Principal Investigator on a longitudinal, statewide disciplinary technical assistance project with the Virginia Department of Education to inform strategies for minimizing suspensions and referrals to law enforcement. Anderson earned his doctorate in curriculum and instruction, with a minor in educational research and policy analysis from NC State University.

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