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March 07, 2018

Parkland-Inspired Bill on Guns, School Safety Heads to Florida Governor's Desk

Florida lawmakers passed a bill that includes restrictions on gun purchases, school safety measures, and a voluntary program to arm school staff. Gov. Rick Scott has not said if he will sign it.

March 06, 2018

After Parkland Shooting, Sen. Rubio Questions Obama-Era Guidance on School Arrests

Obama-era guidance that calls on schools not to rely on police to administer routine student discipline "may have contributed to systemic failures" to report a school shooting suspect's behavior to law enforcement, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., wrote in a letter to U.S. Secretary or Education Betsy DeVos and Attorney General Jeff Sessions Monday.

February 22, 2018

Calls to Arm Teachers Meet Resistance From Parkland Educators, Leaders

Even before President Donald Trump proposed training and arming teachers in response to a mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school, some teachers there said they wouldn't want to carry a weapon in their classrooms.

January 23, 2018

Social-Emotional Learning for Senators: This Elementary School Exercise Helped End the Shutdown

A group of senators used an elementary school listening exercise to help negotiate an end to the government shutdown. Here's what Congress can learn from schools.

January 11, 2018

Rep. Scott Urges DeVos to Keep Obama-Era School Discipline Guidance

The ranking member of the House education committee urged U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos not to scrap a directive issued by the Obama administration with the aim of driving down disproportionately high discipline rates for students of color.

January 02, 2018

#MeTooK12 Seeks to Spotlight Problem of Sexual Assault in Schools

After months of discussion of workplace sexual assault and harassment, organizers hope the #MeTooK12 campaign will shine a spotlight on sexual violence in public schools.

December 15, 2017

Consent, Contraception, and LGBT Issues: Sex Ed. Bills States Considered in 2017

There were a total of 64 sex education bills proposed in 27 states and Puerto Rico during 2017 legislative sessions.

December 08, 2017

School Discipline Debate Centers on Benefits, Consequences of Federal Guidance

Debate at a U.S. Commission on Civil Rights hearing focused heavily on whether the U.S. Department of Education should maintain, revoke, or revise Obama-era school discipline guidance.

December 05, 2017

School Discipline Debate Central to Hearing for Trump Civil Rights Nominee

If a school disciplines black students at a higher rate than their white peers, is that alone a violation of federal civil rights laws? That question played a big role in a confirmation hearing for the nominee to oversee civil rights in the U.S. Department of Education.

December 05, 2017

Here's What Happened When a District Changed Its Policy on Suspensions

A case study explores a policy change designed to reduce suspension rates in Philadelphia schools through the lens of the larger debate on school discipline.

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