Can We Afford Not to Have Internet Security?

Last night, while attending another BUSD board meeting, so you don't have to, I learned something that should concern all of us.

The board was conducting a first reading of an updated student technology policy. We found out that there is a strict Internet security policy at the high school but there is no security in place at the district's other schools. There are no passwords required and the only protection they have is knowing who is on what computer at what time. When a board member asked why this was the case, they were told it was a budget issue.

Hmm...

We can afford to increase the Superintendent's salary and pick up the assistant superintendents' pension contributions. We can afford to spend $10,000,000 on the Taj Mahal. This must be a pretty expensive security system.

I have an idea. Why don't we pass a School Safety bond measure and use the proceeds to secure our kids from Internet predators and other trouble they can get into online? Oh wait, we already passed one and the first $50,000,000 has already been earmarked for o scther projects.

It seems Mr. Orozco and Mrs. Poulter were also concerned about the lack of security in the elementary and middle schools. My hope is that this is addressed and changed before the second reading.