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ERIC Number: ED514582
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 92
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Commissioner's Annual Report to the Education Committees of the Senate and General Assembly on Violence, Vandalism and Substance Abuse in New Jersey Public Schools, July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007
New Jersey Department of Education
The "Commissioner of Education's Report on Violence, Vandalism and Substance Abuse in New Jersey Public Schools", submitted annually to the education committees of the Senate and Assembly, provides the Legislature with data in four broad incident categories: violence, vandalism, weapons, and substance abuse. This year's report highlights thee-year changes (2004-05 to 2006-07) and graphs seven-year trends for frequently reported types of incidents. The report also summarizes initiatives implemented by the New Jersey Department of Education to assist schools in addressing problems of school violence, safety and climate, student conduct, and the use of substances. New Jersey's schools continue to be fundamentally safe places, despite concerns raised by isolated incidents of extreme school violence that have occurred in the nation's schools, including Littleton, Colorado in 1999 and Virginia Tech University in 2007. School districts and charter schools report incidents of violence, vandalism and substance abuse to the department over the Internet using the Electronic Violence and Vandalism Reporting System (EVVRS). Over the past two years, the total number of incidents reported statewide changed very little, decreasing by 158 incidents (18,796 incidents in 2005-06; 18,633 incidents in 2006-07). Appendices include: (1) Public School Safety Law; (2) Data Collection Form; (3) Department Initiatives; (4) Weapons and Substance Detail; (5) District Totals by County; and (6) Statistical Methods and Analysis. (Contains 17 figures, 12 tables and 13 footnotes.) [For the 2005-2006 report, see ED514582.]
New Jersey Department of Education. 100 River View Plaza, P.O. Box 500, Trenton, NJ 08625-0500. Tel: 609-292-4469; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Jersey Department of Education
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Act