In the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., the state has stepped in to provide mental health and security resources to Newtown.

Philadelphia announced that one in six of its public schools will be closed this year. Other urban districts have announced or plan to announce closings this year.

New research on principal evaluation and effectiveness attempts to determine the best way to define and measure principal effectivenessand finds that the task is trickier than anticipated.

Around the country, police will patrol schools, especially elementary schools, more heavily than usual this week.

As the mourning continues, school district officials and law enforcement grapple with resuming classes in Newtown, Conn., as the tragedy puts gun-control laws in the spotlight.

Newtown, Conn,. and the Sandy Hook school community are mourning Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, 47, the principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and the 20 schoolchildren and five other adults killed in a mass shooting at the school Friday.

Groups are accepting donations and messages in support of the shooting victims at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.

Among the 26 people killed at Sandy Hook Elementary are 20 children and six staff members, including the principal.

Some 26 people, including at least 20 children, died after being shot at a Connecticut elementary school Friday morning. The alleged shooter is also dead.

The ASCD will host a public discussion on teacher and principal evaluation.

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