Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Teachers at 2 Metro schools say they feel unsafe

Posted: May 18, 2011 12:46 PM CDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nearly two-thirds of teachers polled at two Metro high schools don't feel their school environments are safe, according to a survey recently conducted by the Tennessee Department of Education.

More than 57,000 educators statewide took park in the TELL Tennessee survey, billed as the first statewide opportunity for teachers and faculty to provide input on a host of educational issues.

The results were released earlier this month.

Teachers were asked to rate how strongly they agree or disagree on a series of matters including the statement, "The faculty work in a school environment that is safe."

At Hillsboro High School, only 35.6% of teachers responded that they agree the faculty works in a safe school environment. The percentage of teachers was just slightly higher, 37.7%, at Cane Ridge High School.

The numbers were better countywide, with 89.5% of the teachers polled agreeing they work in a safe school environment.

The most positive responses were from teachers at Hume-Fogg Magnet High School, where 100% said their environment is safe, and from teachers at Hillwood High School, where 98.8% agreed they work is a safe environment.

Across the state, 94.3% of teachers say they felt they work in a safe environment.

Visit to view the complete survey results.

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