ERIC Number: ED436709
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Violence and Weapons in Texas Schools. Measuring Up: The State of Texas Education. A Special Report of the Texas Kids Count Project.
Texas Kids Count Project, Austin.
While violence in Texas schools is unacceptably frequent, some types of school violence have declined in recent years--most likely because of programs designed to improve safety in schools and in the community. This report examines data on juvenile violent crime in Texas as well as the incidence of violence in the schools over recent years. Contrary to popular perceptions that violence is increasing dramatically in schools, new data indicates that over the last 5 years, the incidence of violence in relation to number of students has remained relatively constant. Even though youth crime appears to be declining, studies report that violent acts committed by youth are more serious, and these violent acts are being committed by younger children. Additionally, Texas teachers report that they fear for their safety, and perceive more problems with crime than do principals. The report concludes by addressing the factors that are linked to youth violence and by making recommendations for preventing school violence. Included is a resource list that can provide more ideas for creating safer schools in Texas. School violence data for all Texas counties are also included. (GCP)
Descriptors: Crime Prevention, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, High Risk Students, Nontraditional Education, Public Schools, School Safety, School Security, Statistical Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Victims of Crime, Violence, Weapons
Center for Public Policy Priorities, 900 Lydia Street, Austin, TX 78702. Tel: 512-320-0222. For full text:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Texas Kids Count Project, Austin.
Identifiers - Location: Texas