2001 Regular Session
To: Education; Appropriations
By: Representative Clark
House Bill 496
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 37-3-83, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REQUIRE SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO PLACE VIDEO SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS IN EVERY CLASSROOM AND ON EVERY SCHOOL BUS; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 37-3-83, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
37-3-83. (1) There is established within the State Department of Education a school violence prevention grant program, available to all eligible public school districts, to assist in financing programs to fight school violence.
(2) Subject to the extent of appropriations available, the school violence prevention grant program shall offer any of the following specific preventive services and other additional services appropriate to school violence prevention:
(a) Metal detectors;
(b) Video surveillance cameras and monitoring equipment for classrooms * * * and school buses, as required under subsection (4) of this section;
(c) Crisis management/action teams for the purpose of responding to school violence; and
(d) Violence prevention training, conflict resolution training and other appropriate training designated by the State Department of Education for faculty and staff.
(3) Each local school district in this state may * * * apply annually for up to Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000.00) in school violence prevention grant funds, subject to the extent of appropriations specifically therefor by the Legislature. In order to be eligible for such program, each local school board desiring to participate shall apply to the State Department of Education by May 31 before the beginning of the applicable fiscal year on forms provided by the department, and shall be required to establish a local school Violence Task Force to involve members of the community in the school violence prevention effort. The State Department of Education shall determine by July 1 of each succeeding fiscal year which local school districts have submitted * * * applications for school violence prevention grants which have been approved by the department.
(4) Before July 1, 2002, each local school district shall install video surveillance camera equipment in every classroom and on every school bus for the purpose of monitoring school disciplinary problems. A school district may use school violence prevention grant funds or any other available funds for the purchase of video surveillance camera equipment and monitoring equipment.
(5) The State Department of Education shall research the effectiveness of using video surveillance camera equipment in the classroom and on school buses. The department shall address the following issues:
(a) The effectiveness of video cameras in the classroom and on school buses in reducing student disciplinary problems;
(b) The effectiveness of teachers and bus drivers using the cameras to present clear and convincing evidence of a student's disruptive behavior to the student, the principal, the superintendent and the student's parents; and
(c) The effectiveness of teachers using the cameras to review teaching performance and receive diagnostic feedback for developmental purposes.
The results of the department's research shall be reported in a study to the Chairmen of the Education Committees in the House of Representatives and Senate by January 1, 2003.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2001.