School Police Get Military Weapons, Vehicles, Equipment From Federal Agency

The surplus military equipment was provided through a Department of Defense program, which has been criticized following local response to protests in Ferguson, Mo.


Ohio District Cancels Classes After School Shooter Escapes From Prison

T.J. Lane, who killed three students and wounded several others in a 2012 rampage in Chardon, Ohio, was later recaptured.


Federal Grants to Establish or Expand School Counseling Programs

The $14.7 million in grants aim to expand the range, quality, and availability of counseling services in elementary and secondary schools.


Armed School Employees: Missouri Legislature Overrides Veto on Gun Bill

Under the bill, school boards can meet in closed session to designate employees as school protection officers, authorized to "carry a concealed firearm or self-defense spray device."


Congressman Calls Federal School 'Bake Sale' Rules 'Abuse of Government Power'

New "Smart Snacks in Schools" rules limit sales of unhealthy foods in school fundraisers, prompting U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, to complain about "the federal government food police."


Partnerships to Tackle Needs of Boys of Color in Rural Communities

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is partnering with regional philanthropies to fund efforts that support African American, Latino, and Native American boys and young men living in the South and Southwest.


Texas Agriculture Commissioner Criticizes 'Meatless Monday' School Meals

The official, who oversees the agency in charge of the Lone Star State's school-meal programs, called vegetarian lunches in some districts "an activist movement" in a recent editorial.


The Absolute Best School Climate Blogging (This Week): The Snacks Video Edition

This week I recommend links about implicit bias in school discipline, biracial children and their single-race fathers, gender and immigrant men, Ferguson, and the shadow the Newtown tragedy casts over back-to-school season for some parents.


Minneapolis Superintendent Bans Most Suspensions for Youngest Students

Suspensions for nonviolent behaviors will no longer be allowed for the district's students in prekindergarten through 1st grade.


Newtown Shootings: $3.1 Million Grant to Aid Recovery for Those Directly Impacted

The U.S. Department of Education previously provided a $1.3 million grant for the 2012-13 school year and a $1.9 million grant for the 2013-14 school year to aid with mental health services for students and broader recovery efforts.


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