ERIC Number: ED369159
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Feb-18
Reference Count: N/A
Violence in Schools: An Overview. CRS Report for Congress.
White, Liane E.; And Others
The sixth National Education Goal is to make every school in America free of drugs and violence and offer a disciplined environment for learning. Crime, violence, and discipline problems in public schools are increasing public concerns. Although it is difficult to assess the extent of these problems in public schools, reports suggest the situation is worsening. A National School Boards Association survey found that 82 percent of responding school districts said violence had increased at their schools over the past 5 years. A small percentage of uppergrade students regularly carry a weapon to school. Many teachers also reported having been physically attacked, threatened with injury, or verbally abused by students in school. Over the past several decades, Congress has responded to increasing concerns over school safety and youth violence. In the 1970s, Congress held numerous hearings and commissioned studies on the issues. In the 1980s, Congress was concerned over the drug use and classroom discipline issues, and continued to be concerned over these issues into the 1990s. The 102d and 103d Congresses have enacted a number of bills that support education and work to reduce violence, promote safety, and help schools achieve the sixth National Education Goal. (JPT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Congressional Research Service.