Duncan on Transgender Students: Ed. Dept. Has 'Tried to Be As Clear As We Can'

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told reporters he's not sure of any department plans to issue specific civil rights guidance on transgender students. Here's why some civil rights groups say such guidance is necessary.


The Absolute Best School Climate Blogging (This Week): Sound of Silence Edition

Students spend a day in silence to demand better school climate for LGBT peers. Plus links on growth mindset, teacher perspectives, race in the classroom, and the home lives of students.


E-Cigarette Use by Middle, High School Students Tripled Last Year

The finding comes from a nationally representative survey of students, which also found many students use multiple forms of tobacco products.


School Violence: Colorado Debates If Schools Should Be Held Liable For Attacks

Should schools be held liable for violent attacks? A proposal in Colorado is sparking debates about risk assessment, spending priorities, and safety efforts.


Schools, Leaders Respond to Teen Suicide Cluster on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

Schools on the nation's largest Indian reservation are responding to a string of teen suicides. Such clusters have occurred in communities around the country, experts say.


The Absolute Best School Climate Blogging (This Week): Police in Schools Edition

A new data analysis by the Center for Public Integrity shows which states refer the most students to law enforcement. Plus, links on religious liberty, discipline, and the fake babies used in sex ed classes.


Sext Education? Mo. Bill Would Require Lessons on Explicit Texts, Predators

A Missouri bill would require sex ed classes to "teach pupils about the consequences, both personal and legal, of inappropriate text messaging, even among friends."


Will Crowd-Sourced Suspension Stories Lead to Policy Changes?

DoSomething.org, which previously asked students to tweet photos of school lunches they wanted to toss in the trash, is trying a similar strategy with stories of school suspensions.


In Assessing Risk, Younger Teens Turn to Peers, Not Adults, Study Finds

For young adolescents, peers' views on the risk of an activity can be more important than their own, a new study suggests.


The Absolute Best School Climate Blogging (This Week): Fight Over Discipline Edition

Charter school founder Eva Moskowitz once again squares off against New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, this time criticizing his approach to school discipline. Plus links on mascots, trauma, and bullies.


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