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May 08, 2019

Florida Governor Signs Divisive Bill Allowing for Armed Teachers

Florida's governor signed a bill that will allow schools to arm classroom teachers, part of a longer list of school safety changes made after a school shooting in Parkland, Fla., last year.

April 24, 2019

Should 'Mental Health Days' Be Excused Absences? These Students Think So.

A group of Oregon students is advocating for a bill that proposes adding "mental or behavioral health" to a list of reasons for excused school absences.

April 05, 2019

As States Debate Arming Teachers, Opponents Detail Mishandling of Guns in Schools

As more states consider arming teachers, a gun-control group's analysis found dozens of incidents of guns left accessible to students, misfired, or used inappropriately.

February 13, 2019

Watch: A Year After Parkland Shooting, States Counting on Student Tips to Help Prevent School Violence

A year after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, more states are setting up anonymous tip lines to help prevent school violence. Learn more about their efforts, and the challenges that come with them, in this video report.

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

How Bad Data From One District Skewed National Rankings on Chronic Absenteeism

Flawed attendance data from one Maryland school district skewed an entire national analysis, showing the difficulty of collecting and reporting data. The correction comes as absenteeism data take on new weight under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

July 17, 2018

Fewer Than Half of Schools Report Testing Drinking Water for Lead

Only 43 percent of schools reported testing their drinking water for lead in a 2017 survey released Tuesday by the Government Accountability Office. Among those districts, 37 percent found elevated levels of lead.

May 20, 2018

After Santa Fe Shooting, Texas Leaders Push to Arm Teachers

Days after 10 people were shot and killed in a Texas high school, leaders there called for more armed teachers and increased school security measures.

February 08, 2018

In a First, a State May Ban Its Schools From Teaching About Gender Identity

A South Dakota lawmaker has proposed a bill that would prohibit public schools from teaching kindergarten through 7th-grade students about gender identity or gender expression. Critics say it would hurt transgender students.

January 17, 2018

What if Hawaii's False Alarm Had Happened on a School Day?

Hawaii's schools are prepared to respond to ballistic missile threats, education officials wrote in a letter to parents after Saturday's false alarm.

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