ERIC Number: ED449389
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
School Violence: 10 Things Legislators Need To Know.
In the wake of increasing concern regarding school safety, state lawmakers will be faced with difficult decisions regarding statewide policies and the funding of local programs. To assist lawmakers with this process, this report provides an overview of the most prominent issues legislators may face, as well as a framework within which to address them. Despite recent attention to school safety concerns, research shows that the level of violence in schools has been decreasing since 1993. The difference is that today's violence has become more lethal, due to increasing incidents involving gunfire, fatalities, and multiple victims. School violence is not just a school problem but is an extension of the violence that occurs at home and within the larger community. Several aspects of a child's environment, emotional well being, or behavior have been identified as possible early warning signs of violent or delinquent behavior. Families, teachers, and school administrators who are trained to identify and respond to these factors may be able to intervene at critical times to prevent violence from occurring. A comprehensive approach is the key to effective violence prevention. It requires attention to child development; family and peer relationships; mental health treatment; conflict management; and access to weapons. (Contains 10 references.) (JDM)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Family Influence, Family School Relationship, Integrated Services, Legislators, Prevention, Public Schools, School Safety, State Government, Student Behavior
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver, CO.