ERIC Number: ED452285
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Increasing Safety in America's Public Schools. Lessons from the Field.
This publication summarizes the 1999 Metropolitan Life Survey (MetLife) of the American Teacher, Violence in America's Public Schools: Five Years Later, highlighting findings from conversations in four local education fund (LEF) communities. The MetLife study surveyed and interviewed students, teachers, and law enforcement officials. Overall, school violence was as much or more of a problem than it was 5 years earlier. All three groups mentioned lack of parental supervision, peer pressure, and drugs or alcohol involvement as the top causes of violence. Most teachers and students felt safe at school. Teachers and students in urban areas were more likely to consider gang violence a problem than those in suburban or rural areas. Participants in LEF conversations defined school safety broadly. They considered many MetLife survey findings true in their communities. They were poised to broker connections and advocacy in their communities and promote school safety. They stressed the need for: full implementation and enforcement of code of conduct policies; provision of safe routes to school; better cultural understanding between staff and students; and school security. LEFs planned to disseminate their findings of local community readiness and capacity to address health and social service needs and violence prevention among students. (SM)
Descriptors: Child Safety, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Schools, School Safety, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Teacher Attitudes, Violence
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public Education Network, Washington, DC.