classroom cameras

As the debate over cameras in classrooms (and group homes) rages on, the Frederick County, Maryland, school board this week shot down a proposal — after three years of debate — to put cameras in some special ed classrooms.

The proposal came from parents upset about alleged physical abuse in a class for children with severe communication challenges. But the board reportedly was swayed by a survey taken by special ed teachers that showed staunch opposition to the cameras. Reasons included fears of teachers being spied on, the video being used for performance evaluations, and the anxiety-provoking implication that they aren’t to be trusted.

A small percentage, however, did feel it would help keep staff safer, not just students.

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In Maryland, state legislation requiring cameras in some special ed classrooms was introduced multiple times but never passed.

New York

In New York, a bill introduced in the 2019-2020 legislative session requiring video camera recording in special ed classrooms where pupils are unable to communicate effectively pretty much just sat in committee. (The legislators who sponsored it are no longer in office).

In June, Gov. Hochul approved $13M for school tech and security upgrades. It includes video systems but it’s unclear if it could go to cameras in classrooms.

Learn More

Bringing Legislation on cameras in classrooms into focus, a white paper from several Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) members, has a lot of good information.

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