By Matthew Korn August 11, 2018 11:15amIn the wake of a horrific school shooting in Colorado, New Jersey is taking a new look at the vetting process for students who want to attend public schools.
The new regulations, introduced by the governor, require public schools to be “safer for all children,” and require all students to receive a background check and receive the full support of a parent.
While the new rules do not go as far as the legislation signed by former President Donald Trump in March, they have sparked concerns that the state will allow the kinds of lax standards that led to the Columbine school massacre.
While there is a broad push to tighten up the screening process, it’s important to note that most states do not require background checks for all students, and the process is far from perfect.
The state requires school districts to establish “risk assessment teams,” where teachers, counselors and other personnel evaluate students based on their personal risk, and can’t be dismissed for having a problem.
However, in New York, a judge ruled in February that the system was “not adequate” to identify the children most at risk of violence.
The judge also said that the district had not demonstrated that the students who were screened were “at risk” for being targeted in a school attack.
According to The Associated Press, the state of New York has received an average of 14,000 referrals to schools every year since 2000, and has about 300,000 students.
The report also noted that schools in New Hampshire, New York and Massachusetts have received an estimated 1,200 referrals to school districts each year.
This is not to say that schools are not safe.
According to the Department of Education, the number of students who have been shot in schools has dropped by more than 60 percent since 2015.
However, the AP also found that in many schools, teachers, principals and administrators are far more likely to have a violent or mentally ill student on their staff.
“The reality is that there are more and more students who are in danger of being shot,” said David Scharf, a professor of law at New York University.
“There are students who don’t have access to mental health resources, there are students that don’t receive appropriate education and there are kids who don.
It’s a very difficult situation, and there is no doubt in my mind that the process needs to be improved.””
It’s a good thing to make sure we don’t go back to the days where people were afraid of guns,” Scharf added.
Scharf pointed out that, for example, teachers who have mental health issues often get sent home from schools, and often those students are likely to commit violence.
“We have to keep a lot of these students out of schools.
We have to make them stay home, stay in their own rooms, not in classrooms with other students,” Schalf said.
According the Associated Press:The AP also cited data that showed that, in 2015, 1,716 students were shot and killed at public schools in the U.S. That year, there were more than 3,000 people killed at schools in California alone.
New Jersey’s new regulations will not be fully implemented until at least September.
However in the meantime, the changes are an important step.
Many states have moved to tighten their policies after the school shooting that killed 14 students and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, last December.
In 2016, New Hampshire enacted a bill that required schools to screen all students.
New York’s law was overturned by the state Supreme Court last month.
“It seems like New Jersey has gone a long way in doing what states have been doing,” Schuf said.