Benefits of Social-Emotional Programs Far Outweigh Their Costs, Study Finds

Social-emotional learning programs yield big benefits for schools, students, and society, researchers found.


Title IX Protects Transgender Student's Rights, Feds Say in Court Filing

The court filing comes as some LGBT student advocates insist schools need clearer guidance on their obligations to transgender students under federal civil rights laws.


Fewer Absences, More Misbehavior in Schools That Miss Academic Benchmarks

Forget narrowing the academic curriculum; could accountability narrow schools' focus on student behaviors?


Analysis Identifies States, Districts With the Most Problematic Discipline Rates

Researchers at The Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the University of California Los Angeles analyzed federal data at the state and local level.


Virginia Lawmakers Vote Down Use of Pepper Spray, Stun Guns by School Guards

Virginia's school guards are unarmed. The bill's supporters said providing non-lethal weapons would help protect schools against intruders.


The Absolute Best School Climate Blogging (This Week): Big Bird Meets Billy Edition

This week, read about restraint and seclusion policies, social media monitoring, a colorful approach to school climate improvement, and more.


Is Parental Consent for Sex Education Classes An Unnecessary Hurdle?

When it comes to sex education, there's a huge difference between requiring schools to seek parental consent for all students and allowing some parents to opt their students out, advocates say.


Foundations Form Initiative to Address Needs of Boys of Color

Improving the lives of boys of color has emerged as an urgent public policy issue in the last couple of years, most recently evidenced by President Barack Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative.


Va. Bill Would Equip Unarmed School Guards With Pepper Spray, Stun Guns

Critics are concerned the weapons would be used on students.


The Absolute Best School Climate Blogging (This Week): 'The Extra Step' Edition

Black students share their experiences with race in school. Plus links on graduation rates, student perspectives on restorative practices, what schools can learn from the military, and more.


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