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June 12, 2019

Students Most at Risk of Getting Spanked at School Are Black or Disabled, Data Show

19 states still permit corporal punishment and a new Southern Poverty Law Center analysis of federal education data shows that deep disparities among the types of students who experience spanking or paddling at the hands of school officials.

April 17, 2019

Fewer Fights and Increased Security: What New Data Say About School Safety

Amid public concerns about school safety fueled by high-profile school shootings, new federal data show reports of student fights, bullying, and other forms of victimization have continued a decades-long trend of decline. At the same time, schools have ramped up security measures, like the use of cameras and restricted entrances.

March 25, 2019

5 Ways One Middle School Is Making Itself More Student-Centered

Through a series of changes—both philosophical and practical—Principal Hamish Brewer and his team are working to make Fred M. Lynn Middle School in Prince William County, Va., a place where students' needs drive every decision they make. Here are five things they've already done to move toward that goal.

March 04, 2019

1.7 Million Students Attend Schools With Police But No Counselors, New Data Show

An emphasis on hiring school police sometimes takes resources that could be used for other critical positions, like nurses and school counselors, an ACLU analysis says. As a result, "schools are under-resourced and students are overcriminalized."

February 21, 2019

School Police and Civil Rights: A Primer for Administrators

An 11-year-old Florida student was arrested a school-based officer after he refused to say the pledge of allegiance. Civil rights groups have used such incidents to sound the alarm about an increase in school policing.

February 04, 2019

Social-Emotional Learning Data May Identify Problems, But Can Schools Fix Them?

A group of California districts collects survey data on social-emotional learning and school climate. But educators need more than a spotlight on concerns--they need solutions to help address them, a new report says.

January 15, 2019

Set Social-Emotional Learning Benchmarks to Guide Efforts, Commission Recommends

The Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development recommends schools work with community groups and policy makers to incorporate students' social and emotional development into their work, using standards or benchmarks to guide them.

January 09, 2019

Absenteeism, Teacher Stress, and School Safety: School Climate Factors to Watch in 2019

Students' ability to engage and succeed in the classroom is influenced by how safe, supported, and connected they feel at school. Here are some trends and policy changes that may affect school climate in 2019.

December 18, 2018

Here's What the End of Obama-Era Discipline Guidance Means for Schools

The Trump administration has repealed Obama-era guidance on race and school discipline. Here's a breakdown of how it will affect schools.

December 10, 2018

Sandy Hook Promise Releases Chilling Warning About School Violence

Sandy Hook Promise's video details warning signs that a student may act violently. It comes the week of the sixth anniversary of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

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