Cameras in schools may soon be installed in an increasing number of states.
The school board superintendent in Effingham County, Georgia, said last year that installing video cameras in classrooms was an attempt to “scale up security measures inside the system.” The schools in the county are all public high schools.
Several states whose legislatures are controlled by Republicans have proposed laws to allow surveillance cameras in schools. Opponents have said that the cameras attempt to spy on educators and their lessons, while supporters have argued that they would allow parents to take a more active role in their children’s education. To ensure the safety of all kids, especially those who are nonverbal and unable to communicate their needs, some states have passed legislation mandating the use of cameras in special education classes.
The following is a list of states, including those that have already implemented school camera programs and those considering doing so.
State Senator Erin Grall has introduced legislation mandating the installation of video cameras in public school classrooms, including charter schools. The bill mandates school districts provide such cameras to self-contained and charter schools.
The Effingham County School Board has approved over $2 million to install the Kloud-12 camera system in all high schools, with middle and elementary schools expected to follow in 2024.
In 2022, $8 million was allocated for cameras in special education classrooms, a requirement mandated by state law. However, questions arose about the allocation, with Melancon stating the issue was a priority.
Nevada Republican Scott Hammond introduced a bill requiring surveillance cameras in special education classrooms to protect nonverbal students who struggle with communication despite previous unsuccessful attempts.
Mike Miles, appointed superintendent of Houston Independent School District, implemented changes, including using cameras in classrooms to handle disciplinary matters.