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Dr. Edward F. Dragan, Writer of Soon to be Published Book, ‘Keeping Kids Safe in School: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know,’ Addresses the Issue of School Bullying

Lambertville, NJ (PRWEB) April 19, 2007

Dr. Edward F. Dragan education expert and founder of Education Management Consulting, LLC recognizes the importance of cooperative efforts to prevent school bullying.

“All children are entitled to courteous and respectful treatment by students and staff at school. Educators have a duty to ensure that students have a safe learning environment,” says education expert and school liability consultant Dr. Dragan.

In American schools, more than 16 percent of students say that they have been bullied by other students during the 2000-2001 school year, according to a survey funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The study appears in the April 25, 2001 Journal of the American Medical Association.

In the U.S. many states are finally recognizing the urgent need to take a firm stand against bullying. In February 2007, the New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously ruled students have the right to attend school without being subjected to repeated taunts from other children. The ruling makes school districts in that state responsible for stopping bias-based harassment. A school district may be found liable if it knew about a “hostile educational environment” and failed to take reasonable action to end it.

Eighteen additional states, Guam, and Puerto Rico have passed anti-bullying laws and require public schools to have an anti-bullying policy in place. These laws generally define harassment and bullying as any conduct toward a student which is based on any actual or perceived trait or characteristic of the student and which creates an objectively hostile school environment. The list includes age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, or familial status.

According to Dr. Dragan, “The key for the protection of both the victim and the school is that the school takes affirmative action whenever there is an observation or report of bullying.”

“Schools must have clear policies and procedures and train students and staff in the detection, reporting, and prevention of bullying. No amount of laws will stop the practice of bullying. Effectiveness is achieved when students, parents, teachers, and administrators join together to confront bullying and harassment. Each must take responsibility to take part to protect students and to make schools safe.”


Edward F. Dragan, Ed.D. is the founder of Education Management Consulting, LLC, providing consultation and education expert witness services to school administrators and attorneys on education-related issues including school management, safety, bullying, education law suits, and school risk assessments. His book, Keeping Kids Safe in School: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know, is scheduled for publication in 2007.

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Edward F. Dragan, Ed.D.

Education Management Consulting, LLC




New Published Report Finds 0% of Adolescents Raised by Lesbians Have Been Physically or Sexually Abused by Parents

(Vocus) November 9, 2010

The Williams Institute, a research center on sexual orientation law and public policy at UCLA School of Law, announces new findings from the U.S. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study (NLLFS), the longest-running study ever conducted on American lesbian families (now in its 24th year). In an article published today in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, the 17-year-old daughters and sons of lesbian mothers were asked about sexual abuse, sexual orientation, and sexual behavior.

The paper finds that none of the 78 NLLFS adolescents report having ever been physically or sexually abused by a parent or other caregiver. This contrasts with 26% of American adolescents who report parent or caregiver physical abuse and 8.3% who report sexual abuse.

According to the authors, “the absence of child abuse in lesbian mother families is particularly noteworthy, because victimization of children is pervasive and its consequences can be devastating. To the extent that our findings are replicated by other researchers, these reports from adolescents with lesbian mothers have implications for healthcare professionals, policymakers, social service agencies, and child protection experts who seek family models in which violence does not occur.”

On sexual orientation, 2.8% of the NLLFS adolescents identified as predominantly to exclusively homosexual.

The study was conducted by Nanette Gartrell, MD, Henny Bos, PhD (University of Amsterdam), and Naomi Goldberg, MPP (Williams Institute). Principal investigator Nanette Gartrell, MD, is a 2010 Williams Distinguished Scholar, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at UCSF, and affiliated with the University of Amsterdam.

For more information about this study, please see Archives of Sexual Behavior:

DOI 10.1007/s10508-010-9692-2

Also, visit the NLLFS website at http://www.nllfs.org

Dr. Gartrell can be reached by email at the address on this page, or by telephone at 1-415-346-2336.

The Williams Institute advances sexual orientation law and public policy through rigorous, independent research and scholarship, and disseminates it to judges, legislators, policymakers, media and the public. A national think tank at UCLA Law, the Williams Institute produces high quality research with real-world relevance. For more information go to: http://www.law.ucla.edu/williamsinstitute/home.html


London Private Investigator Responds to Recent Article Published by BBC Education and Family News: Separated fathers to gain legal right to see children

(PRWEB UK) 12 November 2012

A letter to MPs from the Childrens Minister, Edward Timpson announced the proposed changes to child access laws in 2013. The letter states that both parents should have the chance to play a positive role in their childrens lives when it is safe and in their best interests. This is good news for fathers rights groups but seen as unnecessary by legal experts.

The main concern is for the welfare of the children involved and many believe that the current legislation adequately provides the right protection but others believe the legislation is preventing families from enjoying a meaningful relationship with both parents after divorce or separation.

London Private Investigators is often called upon to conduct matrimonial and family investigations. Family investigations can often contain surveillance sessions to watch children who are part of a separated family that are visiting a parent they do not live with. We are asked to ensure that the child or children are safe and that they are well cared for.

A spokesperson from London Private Investigators said:

We have carried out surveillance on many family visits where the parent and child clearly have a valuable, meaningful and loving relationship. These are the people I feel will benefit from the new changes in the law

London Private Investigators along with their sister company UK Private Investigators is a team of highly trained professional and discreet private investigators and detectives with over 35 years experience in the industry. Their understanding and approachable team of male and female detectives are available 24/7 to conduct matrimonial, corporate and private investigations.

National Child Safety Advocates Partner with We Published That, L.L.C. For a New Book to Promote Child Safety

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) November 14, 2012

Gary Martin Hays, Atlanta personal injury attorney and nationally recognized safety advocate, Adam Weart, social media specialist, and Mary Ellen Fulkus, Executive Director of Keep Georgia Safe, recently joined forces to co-write a book titled, The Authority On Child Safety: How To Talk To Your Kids About Their Personal Safety Without Scaring The Daylights Out Of Them. The book will be released by We Published That, L.L.C. – a publisher focused on helping authors brand themselves as The Authority On their areas of expertise.

The Authority On Child Safety will be published in December of 2012 and features in depth insight on how to deal with a wide range of safety scenarios. Topics covered include Bullying, Abduction Prevention as well as Internet Safety. All proceeds from the sale of the book will go directly to fund Lets Protect Our Kids, a project of Keep Georgia Safe. The mission of Keep Georgia Safe, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is to provide safety education and crime prevention training.

Keep Georgia Safe has a two-pronged approach to safety training and crime prevention:

1.) Proactive: Education Keep Georgia Safe provides safety education and crime prevention training through:

New Civil Engineering and Communication Engineering Sections Published at ScienceIndex.com

Mannheim, Germany (PRWEB) December 04, 2012

ScienceIndex.com is a Civil Engineering and Communication Engineering Sciences Social Network established in 1998 to index the very latest news, headlines, references and resources from science journals, books and websites worldwide. The site covers news in all fields of biology, business, chemistry, engineering, geography, health, mathematics and society. In the field of Engineering Sciences, the site has now included the two new categories Civil Engineering and Communication Engineering. While the Civil Engineering section covers design and construction of public works, including bridges, dams, and other large facilities, the Communication Engineering section covers the the technologies for transmitting messages.

ScienceIndex.com’s Engineering Sciences Category covers the design, manufacture, and operation of efficient and economical structures, machines, processes, and systems. Its eight sections include Architecture, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Communication, Control Systems, Electronics, Industrial Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Users can receive alerts for newly published content in this category by subscribing to ScienceIndex.com’s Engineering Sciences Category RSS feed.

ScienceIndex.com’s Civil Engineering section covers design and construction of public works, including bridges, dams, and other large facilities. It currently contains 8,900 articles partly derived from 87 scientific Civil Engineering journals. The latest articles in this category are also available through a Civil Engineering Section RSS feed. One of the latest additions to this section covers demand and capacity management in air transportation. The authors outline a number of directions for effecting improvement through marginal capacity increases and better management of demand and available capacity and describes strategic initiatives that airlines and civil aviation authorities might undertake in response to dynamic, “real-time” developments like poor weather or schedule disruptions. The section also features an abstract on conflict-free vehicle routing. The authors developed a dynamic online routing algorithm that computes collision-free routes for AGVs by considering implicit time-expanded networks. The performance of their approach is slightly superior in low and medium traffic scenarios, but loses against the dynamic router in high traffic scenarios. Another article develops a scenario-based bilevel programming model to optimize the selection of shelter locations with explicit consideration of a range of possible hurricane events and the evacuation needs under each of those events. The authors present a realistic case study for the state of North Carolina.

ScienceIndex.com’s Communication Engineering section covers the the technologies for transmitting messages. It currently contains over 6,875 articles derived from 60 scientific Communication Engineering journals. The latest articles in this section are also available through a Communication Engineering Section RSS feed. One recently included article in this section covers link-failure and congestion-aware reliable data delivery mechanism for mobile ad hoc networks. The authors propose a link failure and congestion-aware reliable data delivery (LCRDD) mechanism that jointly exploits local packet buffering and multilevel congestion detection and control approaches for increasing the data delivery performance. It offers increased reliability and throughput and decreased end-to-end packet delivery delay and routing overhead compared to state-of-the-art protocols, as shown in results of performance evaluations carried out in network simulator v-2.34. Another article covers performance improvement using three operation modes in IEEE 802.11 DCF WLANs. The authors propose three operation modes, DCF uplink, Downlink, and CTS uplink modes to solve the unfairness problem between uplink and downlink as well as improve the performance of delay and throughput.

The Sciences Social Network currently contains over 1.95 million posts distributed among its’ 68 categories. 83,000 users monitor 14,100 journals publishing within the scope of the site. Since new science content is discovered in real-time, the delay between original publication and appearance at ScienceIndex.com is no more than two days. The site provides an advanced search feature which suggests up to ten closely related articles for a search and every displayed post.