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This school district pays $14,000 a year to monitor every student and teacher's social media

This school district pays $14,000 a year to monitor every student and teacher's social media
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You don't need to be a parent or grandparent of a school-age kid to know that school is no longer just about reading, writing and arithmetic. These days, kids face some truly frightening threats.

Let's face it, there is plenty to worry about when we drop our kids off at the school bus. Whether it's being bullied by other students or inappropriately approached by a teacher, kids today have to dodge real dangers in school.

Not only bullying and bad teachers, but we've all heard about worse incidents in schools, much worse. There are school shootings and even on-campus suicides.

While it's uncomfortable to talk about this or even think it, it's a reality we must face. Which is one reason the Orange County Public Schools district in Florida has launched a controversial and pricey new surveillance program.

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